Mumbai: “Sharad Pawar ji has assured us that NCP will support us in defeating in Rajya Sabha the bill to replace the Centre’s ordinance against the Delhi government. We are trying to gather support from all non-BJP parties”, said Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in a joint press-meet after meeting the NCP leader on Thursday.
Punjab CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann accompanied Kejriwal during the meeting with Pawar. Other AAP leaders, including Atishi and Raghav Chadha, also met the NCP chief.
Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, AAP leaders met Shiv Sena (UBT) president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence.
On Thursday AAP leaders met the NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Mumbai.
Kejriwal is on a nationwide tour to garner support for the AAP’s fight against the Centre’s ordinance. CM Kejriwal claimed the ordinance means the Narendra Modi government does not believe in the Supreme Court. He also alleged that the Centre is using central agencies like the CBI and ED to topple the state governments.
Last Friday, the Centre promulgated an ordinance to create an authority for the transfer and posting of Group-A officers in Delhi. The ordinance came a week after the Supreme Court handed over control of services in Delhi, excluding police, public order and land, to the elected government.
Uddhav Thackeray also backed Kejriwal and said the Supreme Court’s order was important for democracy.
Before flying to Mumbai on Tuesday, Kejriwal and Mann met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.