The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced plans to organize a ‘Maha-Rally’ at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital on June 11, to protest against the recent ordinance introduced by the Central government. The ordinance pertains to the rules for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), specifically addressing issues such as transfer postings, vigilance, and other related matters.
Delhi Minister Gopal Rai, during a press conference, expressed the party’s strong opposition to the ordinance and its determination to mobilize public support through the upcoming rally. The Union government’s move has triggered discontent within the AAP, leading to a decision to collaborate with the people of Delhi in a united campaign against what they perceive as an unjust decision by the Central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rai urged the citizens of Delhi, irrespective of their political affiliations, to join the Maha Rally and voice their dissent against the ordinance. He emphasized the importance of unity in expressing anger and dissatisfaction with the Central government’s decision. Rai particularly highlighted the betrayal of trust felt by the people of Delhi, given the recent Supreme Court decision that reinforced the rights of the electorate and granted more power to the elected government over bureaucratic matters.
“After the Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the rights of the electorate of Delhi and grant power to the elected government over the bureaucracy, the manner in which the central government and the Prime Minister have issued an Ordinance is a betrayal of trust of the people of Delhi,” Rai stated.
The AAP leader denounced the actions of the Central government and expressed shock at the developments since the issuance of the ordinance. He noted that despite the clarity provided by the Constitution regarding the distribution of powers between Delhi’s elected government and the Lieutenant-Governor, the Central government chose to override this with the controversial ordinance.
“Whether it is the central government of India or the government of a state, every state body or agency receives power from and under the Constitution. For instance, the Constitution is very clear about what powers ought to be given to Delhi’s elected government and what powers ought to be wielded by the Lieutenant-Governor,” Rai explained.
He further emphasized that the issuance of the ordinance not only disrespected the elected government of Delhi but also the two crore people residing in the city. Rai’s criticism extended to leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing them of openly supporting the ordinance despite its controversial nature.
“Ever since this Ordinance was issued, you all are seeing that the leaders of BJP are singing praises in favour of this ordinance,” Rai remarked.
In a show of solidarity, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met with his Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal, and declared his support for the AAP chief against the Centre’s ordinance. The meeting, attended by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, highlighted a growing opposition to the Central government’s decision from leaders outside Delhi.
As the stage is set for the ‘Maha-Rally’ on June 11, the Aam Aadmi Party hopes to channel public frustration into a powerful demonstration against what they perceive as an infringement on the rights of Delhi’s elected government. The rally aims to bring together people from various backgrounds and political beliefs, uniting them in a collective voice of dissent against the controversial ordinance. The unfolding events in Delhi continue to draw attention, raising questions about the dynamics between the Central government and the elected representatives of the National Capital Territory.