‘How powers given to elected govt be taken away?’ asks Nitish…

New Delhi: After a meeting with Delhi Governor Arvind Kejriwal at his residence, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar termed as “unconstitutional” the Centre’s move to pass an order against the Supreme Court verdict on the national capital’s control over the bureaucracy.

CM Kumar, accompanied by his deputy Tejashawi Yadav, reached Kejriwal’s house. The Bihar CM has declared their support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) against the Centre’s decision to launch the National Capital Civil Service Authority (NCCSA).

“How can the powers received from the elected government be revoked? It is unconstitutional. We stand with Arvind Kejriwal. We are trying to bring together all the opposition parties in the country,” said Nitish Kumar.

Since parting ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2022, CM Nitish Kumar has been meeting top leaders of opposition parties to bring them together to defeat the BJP in the 2024 general elections.

Interacting with the media after the brief meeting, CM Kejriwal called for opposition unity in case the Center introduces the ordinance as a bill.

“Today, in a meeting with Nitish Ji, he said that he stands with the people of Delhi on the issue of the Center passing an order denying the SC order in favor of Delhi. In case the Center brings this ordinance as a bill, if all the parties outside the BJP come together, it can be defeated in the Rajya Sabha. If something like this happens, it could signal the BJP government will be out in 2024,” Kejriwal said.

Earlier, the Center had passed an order quashing the Supreme Court verdict that allowed the elected government in the national capital to control matters related to services.

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