Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on Thursday met with their Tamil Nadu counterpart and DMK chief MK Stalin and said Stalin has assured that his party will stand by the Aam Aadmi Party against the Union government’s ordinance on control over administrative services in the national capital.
“We discussed with him (Stalin) today the Centre’s ordinance against the Delhi government. It is undemocratic and unconstitutional. CM Stalin has assured that DMK will stand by AAP and the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal, in a joint press conference with Stalin, said.
“I have come to CM Stalin to seek support, and I happy to say that we have the DMK’s support. It will be a strong message for 2024,” Kejriwal added.
BJP government will bring an ordinance on Delhi and DMK will strongly oppose it.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 1, 2023
We had a discussion on other leaders' views and I appeal to all leaders to support @ArvindKejriwal.
-Tamil Nadu CM @mkstalin pic.twitter.com/gUcm3Zc7Rj
He went on to say: “If all non-BJP parties come together, we can defeat the Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP holds only 93/238 seats”.
Stalin said: “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.”
The AAP supremo has already met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav.
From Chennai, Kejriwal also sought Congress’s support.
“The Congress should support this. Nitty gritty of a joint united opposition for 2024 polls can be worked out in the meeting scheduled,” he said.