Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal released a video message for Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, from inside L-G’s house Raj Nivas, where he was protesting since Monday night, 11 June.
Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues spent Monday night at Baijal’s office, as their sit-in protest to demand a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike” and action against officers who have boycotting work for “four months” continued.
“The IAS officers are on strike for the last three months. They don’t attend meetings, don’t respond to any minister’s calls or messages. Don’t do work related to schools or colleges or hospitals. A lot of work in Delhi has come to a halt,” said Kejriwal in the video message released on Tuesday, 12 June.
Kejriwal added that his government has written to the L-G multiple times to urge him to get the strike terminated. The Aam Admi Party’s second demand was the home delivery of ration to the people of Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal to ANIOur second demand is about the doorstep delivery of ration. We all know that the ration shops don’t open, with the ration guy being rude and charging extra money. We demand that these ration shops to close. We want the ration to be delivered to the doorsteps of the people as much as they are entitled to. These hassles will get over.
He added that he was protesting for the people of Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal to ANII am protesting for Delhi and the people of Delhi. So that they get benefits like schools, mohalla clinics, electricity and good roads. We are not sitting here for our sake.
A statement, issued by Baijal’s office on Monday evening stated that the L-G was “threatened” to summon officers and issue directions to them to end their “strike” immediately.
It is the first time in the history of Delhi that the chief minister and his Cabinet colleagues spent the night at the L-G office to press for their demands.
On Tuesday, 12 June, Kejriwal tweeted from the L-G office, saying “My dear Delhiites, good morning. Struggle continues.”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted the letter written by four ministers to Baijal. The letter asks Baijal to take all necessary steps to end the “strike” by IAS officers.
A number of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, party leaders, and workers have also camped near the L-G office, and the police have barricaded the area.
L-G Office Slams Kejriwal
The L-G office slammed Kejriwal’s sit-in, saying it is another protest in the sequence of “dharna without reason.”
According to the government, IAS officers have been on strike since the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and are boycotting meetings with AAP ministers due to which public work is getting affected.
However, the officers’ association claimed that no officer is on strike and no work has been affected.