AAP’s Bhagwant Mann seeks opposition support against Centre’s ‘dictatorial’ ordinance

AAP plans to rally support from other political parties against the Central Government's Ordinance on services control in Delhi.

Bhagwant Mann, Centre's ordinance
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann stated that the Aam Aadmi Party will tour the country to gather support from political parties regarding the issue I File Photo

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stated on Tuesday (May 23), that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) intends to approach other political parties to garner their support against the Central Government’s Ordinance regarding control of services in Delhi. Their aim is to impede its progress in the Rajya Sabha.

The AAP is locked in a bitter tussle with the BJP-led Centre since the Union government promulgated an Ordinance on Friday (May 19), to create a National Capital Civil Service Authority which will handle the transfer of IAS and DANICS cadre officers and also matters of disciplinary proceedings against them.

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The Ordinance essentially overturned a Supreme Court order last week which gave control of services, excluding those related to police, public order and land, to the elected government in Delhi.

Speaking to reporters after flagging off 98 emergency response vehicles for Punjab Police here, Mann hit out at the Union government for bringing a tanashahi (dictatorial) Ordinance and accused it of allegedly interfering in the rights of states.

He said the Aam Aadmi Party will travel throughout the country to seek support from political parties on the matter.

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“Today, we are going to (West) Bengal and tomorrow we will visit Maharashtra,” Mann said, adding they are seeking support from the parties to stall the ordinance in the upper house of parliament.

The AAP on Monday sought the support of all non-BJP parties in defeating in the Rajya Sabha the bill to replace the Centre’s Ordinance on Delhi’s Services matter, saying this is a “time for agni pariksha” for Opposition parties, and they should come together if they want to save the country’s democracy and Constitution.

On May 2, Mann hit out at the BJP over the issue of the Centre’s ordinance alleging the entire BJP could have been hanged if there was a provision for punishment in the constitution for murderers of democracy.

(With agency inputs)

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