June 8, 2023
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NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has called upon opposition parties to block in Rajya Sabha the bill to replace the ordinance promulgated on Friday to neutralise the Supreme Court verdict that gave the Delhi government control over bureaucracy in the capital, but the BJP leadership seems hopeful of clearing the numbers test in the Upper House with the support of YSR Congress and BJD.
The NDA currently has a strength of 110 in the House and it can add a few more by filling the two vacancies of nominated members. Even then, it will still be eight short of the majority mark in the House with an effective strength of 238. However, the party hopes to make up the deficit with the support of YSR Congress and BJD whose leaders, Andhra CM Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, have resisted calls to join the anti-BJP bloc.

Opposition hasn’t given up on Patnaik support
BJP is confident that the ordinance on Delhi services will be passed by both Houses of Parliament as it has adequate numbers.
“The ordinance was in the interest of the people of Delhi. It has been promulgated as per the mandate of the Constitution,” BJP’s chief spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said. “The NDA has the numbers in both Houses and we expect that other parties will also come in support of passage of the bill,” he added.

Voting on the bill will also require Congress, which has been oscillating between hostility and solidarity towards AAP, to spell out its stand.
Patnaik, who Bihar CM Nitish Kumar tried to win over recently as the JD(U) leader has been playing the anchor for opposition unity efforts after exiting the NDA for the second time, enjoys a comfortable equation with PM Narendra Modi. However, the opposition has not given up on Patnaik yet and is laying store by the fact that BJP, now the principal challenger in Odisha, will make a determined effort to maximise its returns from the state in the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress and AAP have lately been waxing and waning towards each other, but the chasm that opened up a decade ago when Kejriwal and his comrades contributed to the destruction of UPA’s credibility has not been spanned. As a result, while Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge called to commiserate with Kejriwal after the arrest of AAP leader Manish Sisodia in the excise case, party leaders have often claimed that they were the first to blow the whistle on the “liquor scam” and have taken credit for the actions taken by the CBI and the ED against Kejriwal’s associates.

It has also refrained from siding with Kejriwal in his fight with the Centre and has, instead, said that AAP was equally responsible for the confrontation.
Interestingly, BSP chief Mayawati’s position on the issue appears to be against AAP. The Dalit leader said after BJP and Congress, it was now the turn of AAP to disappoint people who were depending upon the party to give them a stable government, while wondering how “Supreme Court’s repeated interference in the federal structure” could be good for governance, especially when two parties were fighting each other over the issues of corruption and control of government.

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