Kejriwal seeks PM's help to end administrative logjam
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to PM Narendra Modi on Thursday, urging him to take immediate steps to end the governance stalemate in Delhi. The sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers on Thursday received more political supports including Tamil actor Kamal Haasan and parties like the RJD, CPI (M) and the CPI which accused the BJP-led central government of creating hurdles in the work of the AAP government.
The sit-in protest by Kejriwal and three of his cabinet colleagues intensified with deputy CM Manish Sisodia going on an indefinite fast. The protest entered its fourth day. In his letter to the PM, Kejriwal stated, "Union Govt has all the powers over IAS officers. Delhi is facing an unprecedented situation & LG is refusing to intervene." According to the AAP government, officers have not been attending meetings with ministers or picking up their calls. "Request PM with folded hands to get IAS officers to end strike so work in Delhi can restart," wrote Kejriwal. The CM clearly stated that governmental work has been stuck for four months, which resulted in a massive administrative lapse in the state government.
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that the central government was using the office of the LG to 'obstruct' the elected government in Delhi in discharging of its constitutional duties. This is despicable. The Centre must abandon this course of the confrontation right away," Yechury tweeted. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the 'dictatorial Centre' has made a 'mockery of democracy' in Delhi and Puducherry. In a Hindi tweet, Yadav said that interference in the functioning of elected governments through 'pawns of the Centre is bloodying the contexts and aspirations of the democracy.'
Rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav also came out in support of Kejriwal, saying "the elected government is not being allowed to work for one reason or the other." "It is not a good precedent being set that the elected government is not allowed to work. It may be mentioned that 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," he said in a statement. On Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee said that elected chief minister, who is sitting on a dharna at LG's office, must get due respect.
AAP says LG not responding; Imran Hussain alleges assault by BJP MLA Sirsa
NEW DELHI: As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his three ministers continued their sit-in at the LG office on Thursday, the AAP attacked LG Anil Baijal, wondering whether he did not have even 'four minutes' to meet them in the last four days. Addressing a Press conference, 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 LG Secretariat and asked if he had been arrested. Later in the day, environment minister Imran Hussain alleged that one BJP MLA assaulted him inside secretariat and he also filed a police complaint.
CM Kejriwal and his three cabinet colleagues - Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain - have stayed put at the LG'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 LG to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of ration. Singh alleged the 'strike' by IAS officers was 'at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and under the protection of LG Anil Baijal.' The AAP leaders also took a candlelight vigil in the evening at the Rajghat and many other leaders of other political parties like Vrinda Karat of CPI(M) attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, in another allegation of a physical assault inside the Delhi Secretariat, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain has accused BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa of assaulting him inside the Secretariat premises.
The incident, he said, took place in full view of policemen deployed at the spot. This is the third such alleged incident in the secretariat in the last four months.