Why hasn’t L-G met CM, asks AAP on day 4 of dharna

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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

Delhi BJP lead­ers put up a ban­ner, mock­ing Delhi chief min­is­ter, at a fa­cade of Delhi Sec­re­tariat, in New Delhi on Thursday

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