AAP seeks time with Pres­i­dent, Ra­j­nath

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | LG VS AAP -

New Delhi: The dharna out­side LG’s of­fice by chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and his cab­i­net col­leagues en­tered the fourth day on Thurs­day even as the LG con­tin­ued to main­tain si­lence on it.

AAP won­dered how the LG couldn’t find even four min­utes even af­ter four days to talk to the CM and his min­is­ters. In the even­ing, nearly all MLAs of the party and oth­ers held a protest at Raj Ghat where they also prayed for “good sense to pre­vail on LG”. AAP plans to stay on this course of ac­tion un­til Sun­day when the dharna would shift to Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

In the morn­ing, Ra­jya Sabha MP San­jay Singh asked if the CM and his min­is­ters had been put on house ar­rest as no­body was be­ing al­lowed to meet them. Ke­jri­wal’s mother, wife and brother, and the wives of deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia and health min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain were not al­lowed to meet their ag­i­tat­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

AAP has sought an ap­point­ment with Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind, Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh and LG to dis­cuss the is­sue.

Mean­while, even as most party mem­bers have drummed up sup­port for the dharna, se­nior mem­ber Ashutosh has been silent. This has led to spec­u­la­tions that he isn’t “happy” with the party.

Ashutosh is quite ac­tive on Twit­ter where he fre­quently shares his opinions on var­i­ous sub­jects. He was one of the fron­trun­ners for the three Ra­jya Sabha seats ear­lier this year, but AAP pre­ferred two out­siders and se­nior mem­ber San­jay Singh.

He tweeted on Thurs­day that he was eat­ing fish and shared pic­tures of it and the chef. He didn’t say a word about the dharna. When TOI asked him about his si­lence, he texted that he is on a per­sonal visit to Europe since May 27. He then tweeted: “Re­porters are send­ing mes­sages if I am un­happy with AAP dharna. Ab­so­lutely not. More than 100% sup­port for the dharna. Peo­ple might gos­sip but re­porters should stick to ver­i­fi­able facts.”

In an­other tweet, he said he wanted to be left alone as he was with fam­ily.

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