Delhi chief minister and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said he would support Congress president Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate if he supported full statehood for the national capital.
In an interview, Kejriwal said, “Whichever party forms the next government, excluding the BJP, will have AAP’s support only if it supports AAP on the issue of full statehood for Delhi.”
Asked specifically about Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal said, “If he is considered as a prime ministerial candidate, then I will support him only on the condition that he supports full statehood for Delhi.”
Under the same condition, Kejriwal said he would endorse West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for the prime minister’s post as well.
“AAP is too focussed in Delhi. These are national elections and they should think beyond just Delhi. Getting statehood for Delhi is not as easy as AAP thinks it is,” said P C Chacko, All India Congress Committee Delhi in-charge.