The Congress has decided to oppose the Centre’s ordinance on the control of services in Delhi as an attack on federalism.
The decision, taken at the parliamentary party meeting of the Congress on Saturday, is a face-saver for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to attend the second critical mega meeting of the opposition, to be held on July 17 and 18 in Bengaluru.
Kejriwal, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is relying on support against the controversial ordinance in the Rajya Sabha to defeat it. The Delhi chief minister has earlier said that the AAP has received an invitation to the Bengaluru meeting, but he was waiting for the Congress to clarify its stand on the ordinance.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee has said that she will not attend the dinner, to be hosted by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, that will kick-off the opposition meeting. However, she would attend the meeting thereafter, she said.