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Arvind Kejriwal plans to meet Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi to seek support against Centre's ordinance

India Today logo India Today 25-05-2023 Saurabh Vaktania
Arvind Kejriwal plans to meet Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi to seek support against Centre's ordinance © Provided by India Today Arvind Kejriwal plans to meet Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi to seek support against Centre's ordinance

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that he is planning to meet Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi in connection with the Centre's ordinance on the Delhi services matter.

Arvind Kejriwal announced his decision to approach Kharge and Rahul Gandhi after meeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai on Thursday. He was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

After his meeting with Pawar, Kejriwal said, "Tomorrow I will formally take time of Kharge ji and Rahul Gandhi and talk on the topic."

Kejriwal also said that there was a lot of injustice happening to the people of Delhi. "From 2015 to 2023, we are fighting the case in court. After eight years, the order was given in favour of the people of Delhi. Within eight days, they brought an ordinance to take away our power."

The Delhi CM said the AAP is approaching every party to seek support in their fight against the ordinance.

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So far, the Congress has not taken any stand on whether to support the AAP in its fight against the Centre's ordinance. "The Congress Party has not taken any decision on the issue of the Ordinance brought against the SC judgment on the powers of the Government of NCT of Delhi with respect to appointment of officers. It will consult its state units & other like-minded parties on the same," Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said.

However, some Delhi Congress leaders, including senior Congress leader Ajay Maken, have voiced their opposition to the idea of party supporting the AAP in the matter.  

In a Twitter post, Maken even laid out reasons, from administrative to legal, against supporting the Delhi CM, saying that backing Kejriwal would be going against the wisdom of Nehru and Ambedkar.

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that AAP's allegations that it was not being allowed to work in Delhi was "an excuse" and a reflection of its "uselessness", reported news agency PTI.


Arvind Kejriwal, along with other Aam Aadmi Party leaders, are trying to garner support to oppose the Centre's ordinance regarding control of services in Delhi.

Before meeting Sharad Pawar, Kejriwal met Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence on Wednesday.

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On Tuesday, Kejriwal met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

Last week, the Centre brought an ordinance that sought to set up a National Capital Civil Service Authority for transfer of and disciplinary proceedings against Group-A officers from Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services (DANICS) cadre.

This came days after the Delhi government was given executive power in services matters, including the transfer and posting of officers, in an important verdict by the Supreme Court on May 11.

(With inputs from PTI)

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