Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to meet his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday in Hyderabad. The purpose of the meeting is to seek support from Telangana Chief Minister KCR for opposing the Centre’s services ordinance in the national capital. This move comes in response to the Centre’s attempt to control services in Delhi through an ordinance.
Seeking Support Against the Centre’s Ordinance
Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party, has been actively reaching out to leaders of non-BJP parties to gain their support against the services ordinance. His aim is to gather enough support to defeat the Centre’s attempt to replace the ordinance with a bill in Parliament.
The Importance of BRS Support
During the meeting, Kejriwal will specifically seek the support of Telangana Chief Minister KCR, who leads the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). The BRS’s support is crucial in opposing the Centre’s ordinance on control of services in the national capital. Kejriwal hopes to build a strong alliance of non-BJP leaders to counter the ordinance effectively.
Twitter Announcement and Previous Meetings
Ahead of the meeting, Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to announce his intention to seek support from Telangana Chief Minister KCR. He referred to the ordinance as “unconstitutional and undemocratic” and expressed his determination to oppose it.
In his efforts to gather support, Kejriwal has already met with other prominent non-BJP leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He has also requested time to meet with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi to solicit their assistance in this matter.
Background of the Services Ordinance
The Centre issued an ordinance on May 19 to establish an authority for the transfer and posting of Group-A officers in Delhi. This move by the Centre is seen as an attempt to regain control over services in Delhi, despite a previous Supreme Court decision granting more control to the elected government. The ordinance proposes the establishment of a National Capital Civil Service Authority to oversee the transfer and disciplinary proceedings of Group-A officers. The lieutenant governor had previously exercised executive control over all officers in the Delhi government.
Arvind Kejriwal’s upcoming meeting with Telangana Chief Minister KCR is an important step in his efforts to gather support against the Centre’s services ordinance. By seeking the support of non-BJP leaders, Kejriwal aims to build a strong alliance to oppose the ordinance effectively.
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