The Hush Post: Chief Ministers of four states met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to intervene for bringing about truce between Delhi Lt Governor and the Arvind Kejriwal government, terming it a “constitutional crisis.”
West Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee, CM Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy asked Modi to resolve the present crisis so the “federal structure of the Constitution is maintained”.
“I along with the Hon’ble CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested Hon’ble PM today to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately (sic),” Banerjee wrote a tweet after meeting the PM.
Earlier on Saturday, the four CM after being denied a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that they will raise the issue with the PM.
The four leaders said that the situation was “unconstitutional” and said the PM should ensure that the problem gets resolved.
The support to Kejriwal by the four regional heavyweights — from the Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal (Secular) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) comes amid efforts by the opposition to cobble together a rainbow coalition ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Kejriwal along with deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia and two more ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai are in a sit-in at the L-G office since last seven days asking that Anil Baijal direct IAS officers to end what AAP described as their “strike” and approval to the doorstep ration delivery scheme.
The West Bengal chief minister also supported Chandrababu Naidu on the issue of 2011 Census being adopted by 15th Finance Commission in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting.