“TMC will support AAP in fight against Central ordinance”: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her party would back her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal in his fight against the Central ordinance to control appointments and transfer of bureaucrats.

“The Centre has brought the ordinance against the Delhi government despite the Supreme Court verdict. We will oppose it and also appeal to other parties to oppose it. This is a chance to unite and send a big message that if we can defeat the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, this ordinance can also go,” Banerjee said during a press conference.

Her statement came after an hour-long meeting with Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann.

She said that the upcoming vote in Rajya Sabha on a bill to convert the central ordinance on control of services in Delhi into law, will be a “semi-final before the 2024 elections”.

She also urged all parties to not vote for the BJP’s law.

“If the Centre can pass such an ordinance, it can break any state today, tomorrow. They are in majority but they cannot do this. There are some systems,” TMC chief added.

“I request all Opposition parties – if you have the mood, the mind, and the heart to work together – then, I humbly request you that we should not let a single vote go to the BJP. Even if there are some BJP members who are dissatisfied with the party, I request them to give their vote to non-BJP parties,” she urged.

She went on to say: “Do they think we are their bonded labour? Do they think we are their servants?… We fear that they might change the Constitution, they might even change the name of the country and name it after the party… They don’t even respect the Supreme Court verdicts.”