Kejriwal stages sit-in protest at Lt Governor’s office

AAP Protest

New Delhi, June 12: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his three cabinet colleagues spent a night at the office of  Lt Governor Anil Baijal as they continued their sit-in protest on Tuesday.

Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and cabinet colleagues Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai were supplied food from outside, news agency IANS reported citing informed sources.

In a bid to press their three demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike” and to take action against officers who have struck work for “four months”, the four went to the LG’s office on Monday evening and began their protest.

Kejriwal also sought approval to his government’s proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.

AAP scion decided to stay in Baijal’s office until their demands were accepted. The Raj Niwas had dubbed it as “protest without reason”.

The Chief Minister on Tuesday said in a tweet that his “struggle” was on.

“My dear Delhites, Good Morning. The struggle is on,” Kejriwal tweeted.

In another tweet, he accused the Lt Governor of defending the “IAS strike” by saying that the officers were working and were not on strike.

As of now, Kejriwal and the ministers don’t have any plans of coming out of Baijal’s office and will continue the strike.

They four were constantly updating details through tweets. They spent the Monday night on the sofas in Baijal’s waiting room.

Security outside Baijal’s office has been tightened since Monday evening.

A statement from the office of Baijal, who met the delegation in the evening, accused the Chief Minister of “threatening” him.

On Monday, Kejriwal tweeted: “LG refuses to take action. LG is under constitutional duty to act. Left with no option, we have politely told the LG that we will not leave till he acts on all points. We have come out of his chamber and (are) sitting in his waiting room.”

Kejriwal on Monday alleged that the IAS association in Delhi was on a strike for the past four months. He dubbed the protest “illegal”.

IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena on Monday described the allegations by Kejriwal as “unwarranted and baseless” and “unfortunate”, saying no officer in the national capital was or has been on strike.


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