The sit-in at Delhi LG Anil Baijal’s continues with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia joining Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues – Health minister Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai – who have been on a protest for last two days pressing their demands.
The AAP government has been demanding the LG to “direct” Delhi IAS officers to end their “strike” and approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
Kejriwal tweeted from L-G office this morning, seeking to know whether it was “possible for IAS officers to return to work without green signal from PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)?”
Announcing on Twitter, Sisodia said he too has joined Jain in sitting on an indefinite hunger strike at the L-G office.
“Today, I am also sitting on an indefinite hunger strike to ensure that Delhiites get their right and also get their pending works cleared. Satyendar Jain’s hunger strike is continuing since yesterday…” Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
In a video statement released by Kejriwal on Tuesday, he said AAP ministers had “no option” but to stage a sit-in at L-G’s office as Lt Governor Anil Baijal was not paying heed to the Delhi government’s demands “despite several requests”.
It was the first time in the history of Delhi that a chief minister and his cabinet colleagues have spent a night at the L-G’s office in protest to press for their demands, sources said.
The move also drew criticism from the Delhi BJP unit, which termed the sit-in as a “mockery of democracy”. “Making mockery of Democracy, No Work only Drama,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said on Twitter yesterday.
However, the AAP maintained their fight will continue and they will not be “bogged down” till their demands are met. “Modi and LG are not allowing us to work for the betterment. LG is orchestrating the strike by the IAS officers,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said yesterday.
According to the AAP government, officers have not been attending meetings with the ministers and not picking up their calls due to which government work for people was suffering.
Meanwhile, the LG office has slammed Kejriwal’s sit-in, saying it was one more “dharna without reason”.
A statement issued by Baijal’s office last evening, stated that he was “threatened” to summon officers and issue directions to them to end their “strike” immediately.
(With inputs from PTI)