New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the people of Delhi have “got support” from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress will oppose the bill that the BJP-led government will bring in Parliament to replace its ordinance on control of services in the national capital.
Mr Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann met Ms Banerjee in Kolkata as a part of his efforts to seek the support of opposition parties against the ordinance.
He said after the meeting that if the bill related to the ordinance is not passed in Rajya Sabha, it would be a semifinal of the next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Kejriwal thanked Mamata Banerjee for her support.
दिल्ली के लोगों को कल ममता दीदी का साथ मिला। जब मोदी सरकार संसद में दिल्ली के लोगों के ख़िलाफ़ बिल पेश करेगी, तो TMC पार्टी दिल्ली वालों के हक़ में उसका विरोध करेगी। दिल्ली के लोगों की ओर से मैं दीदी का तहे दिल से शुक्रिया अदा करता हूँ। @MamataOfficial
आज मुंबई में उद्धव जी से…
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 24, 2023
“The people of Delhi got the support of Mamata Didi yesterday. When the Modi government will present a bill in Parliament against the people of Delhi, the TMC will oppose it in favour of the people of Delhi. On behalf of the people of Delhi, I thank Didi from the bottom of my heart,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal and Mann met Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Mamata Banerjee said after her meeting with Kejriwal that opposition parties should come together against the bill that the Centre will bring to Rajya Sabha.
“I want to appeal to all opposition parties to unite and if all the opposition unite together, it will be a big message to the country that we can defeat the BJP in the Rajya Sabha. It is a big opportunity to defeat the BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. TMC will oppose the bill,” she said.
Days after the Supreme Court gave the Delhi government control over services in Delhi with some exceptions, the Centre brought an ordinance which said that the Delhi Lieutenant Governor will have the final say on the postings and transfer of bureaucrats serving the Delhi government. The ordinance effectively negated the Supreme Court verdict and creates National Capital Civil Service Authority (NCCSA).