Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal hopes to meet Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday in his bid to rally the opposition against a proposed ordinance by the BJP-led Centre that gives it control over bureaucrats posted to Delhi.
Meanwhile, AAP national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, AAP MP Raghav Chadha, Delhi minister Atishi and other leaders of the party met NCP president Sharad Pawar at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai to seek his support over the ordinance.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar called the ordinance a ‘threat to democracy’ and said, “It is our duty to ensure all non-BJP parties support Kejriwal. Now is the time to fight for survival of parliamentary democracy. NCP chief added, “There is a crisis in the country and it’s not an issue limited to Delhi. NCP and the people of Maharashtra will support Kejriwal. We will also talk to other leaders to support Kejriwal. We must focus on bringing all non-BJP parties together.”
Talking to media in Mumbai after meeting Pawar, Kejriwal called on opposition parties to unite and said, “… the Centre’s ordinance can be defeated in the Rajya Sabha. It is not a matter of politics but that of the country… and all parties who love the country should come together.”
“Sharad Pawar ji has assured us NCP will support us… We are (also) trying to gather support from all non-BJP parties. Tomorrow, I will seek time from Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi to meet (with) them on this issue,” Kejriwal was quoted by news agency ANI.
Kejriwal has already won over ex-Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and Bengal leader Mamata Banerjee.