The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Wednesday extended its support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign against ordinance which was recently passed by the Narendra Modi-led Central government.
The CPI’s decision was announced after a meeting between its General Secretary D Raja and Kejriwal. Several political parties have already extended their support to this campaign.
Expressing his confidence in the power of unity, Kejriwal said the ordinance will not withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court and get defeated in the Rajya Sabha. “The Centre’s ordinance is nothing short of a brazen power grab, which has inflicted havoc on Delhi, effectively subjecting the entire Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to Centre’s control,” said the CM.
Kejriwal accused the ruling-BJP of attempting to undermine the democratic rights of Delhiites, depriving them of the ability to empower their elected leaders without interference from the Centre. He warned, “If this ordinance is not successfully defeated, it could pave the way for its replication in other states where non-BJP governments are in power.”
Raja alleged that the Central government’s actions were ‘atrocious’ and a violation of the principles of federal governance in India. He also expressed the solidarity of the left parties with the people of Delhi and assured their unwavering support to the Delhi government, both inside and outside parliament, the Chief Minister’s office communiqué said.
Kejriwal arrived at Ajoy Bhawan, the CPI headquarters in Delhi along with MPs Raghav Chadha and Sanjay Singh to meet Raja.
Addressing the media after the meeting here, Kejriwal expressed his gratitude to Raja and the CPI for extending their support to his campaign against the Centre’s ordinance, the statement said.
Raja said what has happened with the Delhi government could go on to happen in any other state in the country and therefore it was time that all the non-BJP parties united on this issue.
“We listened to Arvind Kejriwal and he explained to us that many other political parties have come out in the open to support the Delhi government on this issue.”, it said.