Delhi’s Control of Services Ordinance: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Bhagwant Mann, the Chief Minister of Punjab, and members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), met with Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, in Kolkata on Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was to gather support against the Central government’s ordinance on the control of services in Delhi. The leaders also aimed to discuss the upcoming 2024 national elections and the possibility of forging Opposition unity.
Meeting to Address Central Ordinance:
The leaders convened to discuss the central ordinance that establishes a National Capital Civil Service Authority, effectively overturning a recent Supreme Court order. The Supreme Court had previously granted control of services, excluding those related to police, public order, and land, to the elected government in Delhi. The meeting aimed to address the implications of the ordinance and strategize a response to protect the rights of the people of Delhi.
Focus on Opposition Unity:
Apart from the service control ordinance, the leaders also deliberated on the prospect of Opposition unity and its significance for the 2024 national elections. With an objective to safeguard democracy and the Constitution, the AAP has reached out to non-BJP parties, urging them to come together during this critical juncture. The leaders discussed the need for a collective effort to preserve the democratic values of the country.
Mamata Banerjee Highlights Rajya Sabha Vote as a “Semi-Final” Before 2024 Elections
During a meeting that lasted nearly an hour, Mamata Banerjee addressed reporters, emphasizing the significance of an upcoming Rajya Sabha vote on a bill aiming to convert the central ordinance on control of services in Delhi into a law. She described this vote as a “semi-final before the 2024 elections,” underscoring its critical importance in shaping the political landscape.
Arvind Kejriwal Accuses BJP of Disruptive Tactics
Arvind Kejriwal, in his remarks, accused the saffron party of employing various tactics to undermine opposition governments. He alleged that the BJP resorts to tactics such as buying MLAs, utilizing agencies like the CBI and ED to disrupt non-BJP governments, and leveraging Governors to disturb administrations in states like Bengal and Punjab. These allegations shed light on the ongoing tensions between opposition parties and the ruling BJP.
AAP Leaders Launch Empowering Nationwide Tour to Rally Support and Defend People’s Rights
Prior to embarking on his journey, Arvind Kejriwal expressed his intent to travel across the country to seek support for the cause. In a tweet, he emphasized the importance of preventing the passage of the ordinance in the Rajya Sabha and indicated his intention to meet leaders from various political parties. The nationwide tour aims to rally political support to oppose the central government’s decision and advocate for the rights of the people of Delhi.
The Role of the National Capital Civil Service Authority:
The National Capital Civil Service Authority, as outlined in the ordinance, will assume responsibility for the transfer of IAS and DANICS cadre officers, as well as handle disciplinary proceedings concerning them. The establishment of this authority has raised concerns regarding the central government’s increased control over administrative matters in Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal and Other AAP Leaders Seek Opposition Unity in Kolkata Meeting to Challenge Delhi’s Control of Services Ordinance
Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann, and Mamata Banerjee, along with other AAP leaders, held an off-camera meeting in Kolkata to discuss the recent ordinance on control of services in Delhi. This meeting sought to gather support against the central government’s decision and explore the possibilities of Opposition unity. As the leaders continue their nationwide tour, they aim to engage with political parties and advocate for the rights of the people of Delhi while emphasizing the need to uphold democracy and the Constitution.
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