Centre ordinance row: Kejriwal meets MK Stalin, says 'happy we have DMK's support'
Chennai, June 1: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met his Tamil Nadu counterpart MK Stalin and sought support in his campaign against the Indian central government's controversial ordinance, which aims to assert control over administrative services in the nation's capital.
"If the elected government does not have control over the bureaucrats, then there is no point in having an elected government. For the first time in history, they nullified a Supreme Court order. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic," Kejriwal said after the meeting. He was also accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
"This ordinance will come in the monsoon session. In the Rajya Sabha, they have 93 seats, if all non-BJP parties come, then we will be able to defeat them. I am grateful for MK Stalin's support. Every passing day, I'm feeling more and more confident and this is the semi-final to 2024," he further said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu CM said that DMK will strongly oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party government's ordinance.
“Arvind Kejriwal is a good friend...Modi-led BJP government is pressuring Delhi UT and AAP government there, by using Lt Governor. BJP government will bring an ordinance on Delhi and DMK will strongly oppose it. We had a discussion on other leaders' views and I appeal to all leaders to support Arvind Kejriwal,” he said.
The meeting was part of Kejriwal's nationwide tour, which began last month with the goal of rallying opposition parties against the ordinance and blocking it in parliament's upper house, where they have more seats than the BJP and its allies.
As part of this continuous effort, Kejriwal is due to meet with Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday.
- With inputs from agencies