How can the powers of the elected government be taken away? We are with Kejriwal: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: A day after attending the swearing-in ceremony of the new Congress government in Karnataka, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar invited his Delhi counterpart and AAP country coordinator Arvind on Sunday Kejriwal in the latter’s residence at the Civil Area of ​​the Lines in the National Capital.
Reacting to the issue of the Center bringing an order denying the SC order in favor of Delhi, Nitish Kumar said after the meeting, “How can the powers vested in an elected government be taken away? It is against the Constitution. We are with Arvind Kejriwal. We are trying to bring together all the opposition parties in the country”.
Addressing the media people after the meeting, CM Kejriwal said, ‘Today, in a meeting with Nitish Ji, he said that he is on the side of the people of Delhi, on the matter of the Center which carries an ordinance denying the order SC in favor of Delhi”.
He also added that in case the Center introduces this ordinance as a bill, if all non-BJP parties unite, it can be defeated in Rajya Sabha.
He further said, “If such a thing happens, it can send a message that the BJP government will come out in 2024.”
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav accompanied Nitish during his visit to Kejriwal’s residence.
Kejriwal was among the few non-BJP prime ministers who were not invited by Congress to the event, which was also seen as a show of force by opposition parties. Kumar met Kejriwal as part of his efforts to create broader unity among opposition parties to face the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
This is the second meeting between Kumar and Kejriwal in more than a month. Leader Janata Dal (United) previously met the Chief Minister of Delhi here on April 12.
With Kejriwal’s relations with Congress far from smooth, Kumar is tasked with building something of a working relationship between the two as he also sees the grand old party as central to any unity bid by the opposition.
The AAP has grown in Delhi and Punjab occupying the space once considered to be largely Congress territory. A section of congressional leaders believe that reclaiming the electoral college is key to the party’s resurgence in these states, and any compromise with it may thwart their plans.
Kumar met with regional satraps as part of the unity exercise that has yet to take concrete shape.
(With inputs from PTI)


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