Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann met DMK chief MK Stalin in Chennai.

New Delhi:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent a third message to the Congress today. It sought support against the Centre's proposed law to restore the Lieutenant Governor's control over transfers and postings of bureaucrats in the national capital. Last month, the Centre had quashed the Supreme Court order retaining the state government's control over bureaucrats in Delhi through an ordinance. The Aam Aadmi Party has so far not got the support of the Congress in opposing the Center on this issue.

Arvind Kejriwal is planning to challenge the Centre's move in court. Apart from this, he is also trying to unite political parties in his support. He has earlier met several prominent opposition leaders, including Congress' Maharashtra ally Uddhav Thackeray and veteran leader Sharad Pawar. Kejriwal today met DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, an ally of the Congress in the south.

After the meeting, Kejriwal made his message clear in the press conference. "The Congress should support it. A united opposition for the 2024 elections can be considered in the scheduled meeting.

Kejriwal has earlier expressed his desire to meet Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, but has not received any response from the Congress so far.

However, Kejriwal is getting the support of Congress ally Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction) and Sharad Pawar. Today, Stalin stood with the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, promising support to stop the Centre's bill in the Rajya Sabha. The AAP chief will also meet Jharkhand Congress ally Hemant Soren on Friday.

Apart from this, Kejriwal also has the support of Left parties, including Bihar Chief Minister and interlocutor for opposition unity Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Tejashwi Yadav.

Increasing pressure on Congress

The increasing number of leaders coming forward in support of Kejriwal is increasing the pressure on the Congress. While the Congress is caught between ideological issues and electoral compulsions.

Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign has been the reason for the Congress' hostility towards Aam Aadmi Party leaders, including Kejriwal. The agitation had helped the AAP oust the Congress-led Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi.

Since then, AAP has occupied the Congress' political space in states like Gujarat, Punjab and Goa.

Delhi Congress leaders have repeatedly called Kejriwal's party the "B-team of the BJP" and have opposed aap's support at every opportunity. However, now there is pressure from the other side as well.

Sharad Pawar said - There is no time for debate, it is
to save democracy "I am of the view that Arvind should seek support by talking to non-BJP parties, be it Congress or BJD... This is not the time for debate. Democracy has to be saved."

The CPM had given a strong message through its mouthpiece "People's Democracy". "When the ordinance comes up for legislation in Parliament, the entire opposition at the political level should unite and oppose it. The Congress party should stop doubting its stand. Animosity towards Arvind Kejriwal and AAP cannot determine its position. This is not about any one leader or any one party, it is a fundamental attack on democracy and federalism."

"How opposition parties unitedly oppose the ordinance will have an impact on the unity for the larger fight against the BJP," it said.

If AAP hopes to fight the government in the Rajya Sabha, it is necessary to bring the Congress together. The Congress has 31 MPs in the Upper House, the largest number among the opposition parties. To pass the constitutional amendment bill, the BJP will need a three-fourths majority, that is, more than 186 MPs.

The NDA currently has 248 seats in the 110-member House. The opposition also has 110 seats. That is, if all parties come together from both sides, then the role of neutral parties like Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal and Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSR Congress will become important.

The BJD and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress have nine members each in the Rajya Sabha. If they support the government, they can increase the strength of the government. There is also a possibility of not participating in the voting and walking out, which will bring down the majority figure.