After weeks of dithering, the Congress on Sunday came out in support of the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign against the contentious central order that wrested back control of Delhi’s bureaucracy, boosting the prospects of an opposition meeting set to be held a day later.

“I think they (AAP) are going to join the meeting tomorrow. As for the ordinance (on control of services in Delhi), our stand is very clear. We are not going to support it,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal told news agency PTI, days after the AAP said it won’t join any such meeting till the Congress backs its stand on the Delhi ordinance.

The AAP’s top leaders, including Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, were set to convene Sunday to deliberate their course of action regarding participation in the two-day opposition gathering in Bengaluru.

Following the first opposition conclave in Patna on June 23 – a meet-and-greet for the country’s splintered opposition parties to try and rally together against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in next year’s national elections – the AAP had sharply criticised the Congress.

“The Congress’ hesitation and refusal to act as a team player will make it very difficult for the AAP to be a part of any alliance that includes the Congress,” a statement from the party read.

The central government’s move on May 19, to issue the controversial ordinance, has been described as a “deception” by the AAP government, a way to bypass a Supreme Court verdict which gave it the control of the capital’s bureaucrats.

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