AAP to organise 'Maha rally' in Delhi against Centre's ordinance

Ordinance undermines Supreme Court, says AAP

Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann (File) AAP leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and others, at a Shaheed Diwas public rally at Jantar Mantar | Arvind Jain

The Aam Aadmi Party is all set to intensify its campaign against the Centre's ordinance that gives the Lieutenant Governor control over the bureaucracy in the national capital and will hold a 'Maha Rally' at the iconic Ramlila Maidan on June 11.

AAP's Delhi state convenor and cabinet minister Gopal Rai, who reviewed the preparations for the rally today, said lakhs of supporters are expected to gather at the Ramlila Maidan and the event will be a forceful demonstration of the party's commitment to fight for justice and the rights of the people.

“The people of Delhi have undeniably declared that they have given the responsibility of running Delhi to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but, the Modi government at the Centre has not been able to tolerate this,” he said.

He said the Supreme Court has been undermined through the ordinance because it seeks to neutralise the judgment of a five-judge bench of the apex court, which stated that the services were the domain of the Delhi government, and officers have to be answerable to it.

AAP volunteers are carrying out door-to-door campaigns across Delhi on the issue and have fanned out all over the 2,000 mandals in the national capital.

“The Constitution has given everyone an equal right to vote. Whether it be the Prime Minister or a resident of a village, the value of the vote is the same. But, according to the central government, if you vote somewhere else in the country its worth is something and, if you vote in the capital of the country, its value is something else. Through this discrimination, the central government is showing its tyrannical attitude. But, we are raising a voice against this dictatorial conduct,” Rai said.

The AAP has gone to court over the ordinance. Also, Kejriwal has been meeting leaders of opposition parties to gather support on the issue of the ordinance.


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