Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday backed Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is rallying support for AAP’s fight against the Centre’s ordinance, saying the issue is a national one. Not limited to the capital.
“There is a crisis in the country and it is not an issue confined to Delhi. NCP and the people of Maharashtra will support Kejriwal. We will also talk to other leaders to support Kejriwal. We should focus on bringing all non-BJP parties together.
Kejriwal also said that he would seek an appointment with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi on the issue. “Tomorrow I will seek an appointment with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi on this issue,” he said.
AAP’s national convener on Wednesday met former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray at his Bandra residence to seek his support for the AAP’s fight against the BJP-ruled Center’s ordinance on deregulation of services in Delhi.
Kejriwal and Mann met their West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Tuesday as part of their nationwide tour to drum up support for AAP’s fight against the Centre’s ordinance.
The Center last Friday promulgated an ordinance to create an authority for transfer and posting of Group-A officers in Delhi, which the AAP government termed as a hoax with the Supreme Court’s judgment on deregulation of services.
The ordinance, which comes a week after the Supreme Court handed over control of services in Delhi except police, public order and land to the elected government, setting up a National Capital Civil Services Authority for transfer and disciplinary proceedings against the group Wanted – An officer of Danix Cadre. Prior to the apex court’s May 11 verdict, transfers and postings of all officers of the Delhi government were under the executive control of the lieutenant governor.
(With inputs from ANI, PTI)