Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday assured her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal that her party will support him in his fight against the central ordinance to control appointments and migration of bureaucrats in Delhi state. Kejriwal, who is on a nationwide tour with his party ally and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, held a nearly hour-long meeting here with Mamata Banerjee in the state to drum up support for his fight against the Centre’s ordinance on deregulation of services in Delhi.
- The Chief Minister of Delhi met the Chief Minister of Bengal in Kolkata
- Kejriwal’s extensive efforts to garner support for control of power in Delhi
Kejriwal told reporters that the vote in the Rajya Sabha on the bill to convert the central ordinance into law would be a semi-final before the 2024 elections. He alleged that saffron party buys MLAs, uses CBI, ED to topple opposition governments’. Also, uses governors to disrupt non-BJP governments like ‘Bengal and Punjab’.
Banerjee told reporters, ‘We support you in your fight against the central ordinance, and request all parties not to vote for the BJP law (on controlling appointments in Delhi).’ An agitated TMC leader Mamata also quipped that the ‘double engine (BJP rule in both the state and the Centre) has become a troubled engine’ and added cryptically, ‘It is only six months (that the central government will be in power) but if a miracle happens, So they have to go even before that.’