Congress is yet to clear its stand on whether to support Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its fight against the Centre's ordinance on Delhi services, several non-BJP parties have come out in AAP's support.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, has received support from various parties in the last few days, after his meetings with the leaders of CPI(M), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal (United), Trinamool Congress, Bharat Rashtra Samithi, Shiv Sena (UT) and others.
He will also meet with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
Kejriwal has kept a busy schedule over the past two weeks, meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury to seek their help to defeat the Centre's Bill in Parliament, specifically in Rajya Sabha, said a report in NDTV.
The Bill, which requires a constitutional amendment, will replace the ordinance brought by the Centre to override the Supreme Court order that gave the Delhi Government control over postings and transfers of bureaucrats in the capital.
The support of the Congress will be crucial to defeat the Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
For the Congress, it is a tough call. The Congress and AAP have been in conflict for years; Congress accuses AAP of eroding its voter base, pushing soft Hindutva, and spreading misinformation on the Congress, while AAP has challenged Congress in states like Gujarat, Punjab and Delhi. The Punjab and Delhi units of the Congress have specifically urged the party leadership to not support AAP and harm the Congress's interests.
The report quoting sources said Congress will soon make its position clear.