De facto President’s rule in Delhi through IAS officers’ strike: Kejriwal
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai have stayed put at L-G Baijal’s office for the sixth day on Saturday demanding that he direct IAS officers to end their ‘strike’ and approve the state’s doorstep ration delivery scheme.Updated: Jun 16, 2018 16:05 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday alleged that there is de facto President’s rule here because of what the Aam Aadmi Party government describes as an ongoing IAS officers’ strike.
Kejriwal made the allegation as his sit-in along with three cabinet colleagues at the waiting room of Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office entered its sixth day.
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai have stayed put at the office demanding that Baijal direct IAS officers to end their “strike” and approve the doorstep ration delivery scheme.
In response to a tweet about IAS officers withdrawing from work being de facto President’s rule, Kejriwal tweeted, “I agree. It is de facto President’s rule in Delhi thro IAS strike (sic).”
I agree. It is de facto President’s rule in Delhi thro IAS strike https://t.co/kjsFGk1awC— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 16, 2018
Jain and Sisodia have been sitting on hunger strike at the waiting room of the L-G secretariat since Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, Kejriwal urged him to end the IAS officers’ strike so that he can attend a meeting of NITI Aayog on Sunday. However, the IAS officers’ association has maintained that no officer is on “strike”.
Also, Sisodia on Friday released a video warning that if they are forcibly removed from the L-G secretariat, they will stop drinking water too. Sources said the L-G, who has been working from his residence after the sit-in by AAP ministers, has constituted three teams of doctors to examine the health of the ministers.
Meanwhile, the Delhi high court on Friday agreed to hear on June 18 a plea seeking direction to the L-G to ensure that the alleged informal strike by IAS officers of Delhi is called off and they perform their duties as public servants.
The petition comes in the backdrop of another plea filed on Thursday in the court seeking that the sit-in by Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues at the L-G office against the “strike” by the IAS officers be declared unconstitutional and illegal. This plea was also listed for hearing for June 18.
First Published: Jun 16, 2018 16:04 IST