AAP to boycott Opposition meet if Congress doesn’t oppose Delhi ordinance: Sources

According to sources, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to boycott the Opposition meeting scheduled in Patna if the Congress does not oppose the Delhi ordinance.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would boycott the Opposition meeting scheduled in Patna on June 23 if the Congress does not support the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government against the ordinance brought by the Centre for control of services, sources told India today.

This comes after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to opposition leaders, urging them to prioritise the Delhi ordinance as the first issue in their upcoming meeting.

In the letter, he emphasised the need for clear political stances and a holistic perspective, highlighting that if the bill is passed, it could affect other non-BJP-ruled states and encroach upon state governments’ powers in concurrent list matters.

A few days ago, while addressing a press conference, the Delhi chief minister said, “I hope the parties will ask the Congress to clear its stand on the issue. The ordinance will be the first issue that will be discussed at the meeting.”

AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal has been marshalling the Opposition support against the ordinance promulgated by the central government that stated it was the lieutenant governor who had the final say on transfers and postings of Delhi bureaucrats, and not the Delhi government.

A galaxy of opposition leaders from nearly 20 parties is set to converge in Patna for the mega Opposition meet on Friday, where they will try to chalk out a joint strategy to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in next year’s Lok Sabha elections.

The meeting was called by Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, who has amplified his efforts to forge opposition unity.

The operational goal for the Opposition meeting is said to ensure a common candidate against the BJP in at least 450 seats already identified by Nitish as potential locations to beat the saffron party in the Lok Sabha polls.

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