Why hasn’t L-G met CM, asks AAP on day 4 of dharna
AS Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his three ministers continued their sit-in at the L-G office since Monday, the AAP on Thursday attacked Lt Governor Anil Baijal, wondering whether he did not have even “four minutes” to meet them in the last four days.
Addressing a press conference here, Rajya Sabha MP and senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that nobody was being allowed to meet the chief minister during his sit-in at the L-G Secretariat and asked if he had been arrested. Kejriwal’s wife Sunita too alleged that families of the ministers were not being allowed to meet them.
Kejriwal and his three cabinet colleagues — Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain — have stayed put at the L-G’s office since Monday evening over their demands, including a direction to officers to end their “strike” and action against those who have struck work. They also want the L-G to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of ration. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal meanwhile has been working from home, which is just behind the L-G Secretariat where Kejriwal and his three ministers have been staging the sit-in.
Sources said the L-G was going through files related to Delhi Police, Delhi Development Authority and other departments at his residence, but he did not receive any Delhi government files as the chief minister and his three ministers continued their protest. “Today’s emergency meeting on severe dust pollution was also held at the L-G’s residence,” a source said. Delhi minister Imran Hussain, who is not taking part in the CM’s protest attended the meeting at the L-G’s camp office.
Meanwhile Singh alleged the “strike” by IAS officers was “at the behest of PM Modi and under the protection of Lt Governor Anil Baijal”. “The chief minister has been staging sit-in at the LG Secretariat for the last four days. We want to ask whether he (Baijal) could not spare even four minutes to meet him in the last four days,” Singh asked reporters. “I fail to understand as to why nobody is being allowed to meet the chief minister. I and his (Kejriwal’s) brother wanted to meet the CM, but permission was denied. L-G and Delhi Police should make it clear whether he has been put under house arrest, or if he has been arrested,” the Rajya Sabha MP asked. He said that the party has sought an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind, Home minister Rajnath Singh and Lt Governor Anil Baijal over the IAS officers’ strike issue. However, the IAS officers’ association has claimed that no officer has been on strike and no work has been affected.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal wrote to PM Modi seeking his intervention to end the IAS officers’ “strike” claiming that the Lt Governor was doing “nothing” to break the impasse. In his letter to Modi, the chief minister cited instances when government work was stalled as the officers were not attending meetings with ministers for the past three months. Separately in a tweet, Kejriwal alleged that the L-G office did not allow his brother to meet him. “My brother came to meet me from Pune. He was not allowed to meet me. This is wrong.”
Meanwhile the Delhi High Court has agreed to hear on June 18 a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal. The plea filed by Hari Nath Ram sought direction for discharging the chief ministerial duties as the entire functioning of the chief minister office of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has been brought to a “standstill” since the sit-in started. The petition sought court’s direction to the Delhi government to declare the sit-in called by the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal as it is a waste of public money.
Interference in the function- ing of an elected government is unacceptable in a democracy. In fact what is happening in Delhi and in TN/Pondicherry are not too different. It is frustrating for people who want a change for the better. Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan
It is not a good precedent being set that the elected government is not allowed to work. This is not a failure of the state government, but the people of Delhi are being neglected due to the unnecessary tussle between the LG and the state government. Rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav
BJP central government is using the office of the LG to obstruct the elected state government in Delhi to discharge its constitutional duties. This is despicable. The Centre must abandon this course of confrontation right away. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury
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