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LIVE: L-G stops construction activities till June 17 in Delhi due to pollution

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said that he and his colleagues would not leave L-G Anil Baijal’s office until their demands were met. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondent | Jun 14, 2018 17:25 IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers’ sit-in protest at the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office entered its fourth day on Thursday.

Kejriwal, along with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, public works department minister Satyendar Jain and development minister Gopal Rai, have been camping out at Raj Niwas since Monday.

The Delhi CM said they would not leave Baijal’s office until their demands were met.

The demands include a direction to IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their “strike”, action against officers who have struck work for “four months” and approval to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration to the poor.

5:20 PM IST

Construction activities stopped till June 17

Civil construction activities stopped in Delhi till June 17 following severe dust and pollution: PTI quoting Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

3:25 PM IST

PIL in HC to declare Kejriwal’s protest illegal

Delhi-based lawyer Hari Nath Ram has filed a public interest litigation in the Delhi high court seeking to declare the sit-in protest at the L-G office as unconstitutional and illegal as it has brought the government machinery to a standstill.

“The politicians are required to be upholders of the constitution. They should not be the breakers of the constitutional law. The instant circumstances are the illustration of chaotic administrative paralysis which urgently requires to be streamlined,” the plea read.

3:15 PM IST

CPI writes to L-G in support of Kejriwal’s protest

CPI writes to L-G saying, “No constitutional authority of Delhi can bypass or neglect the Govt of Delhi in any matter of Governance of Delhi”. The party says the L-G is duty-bound to meet Kejriwal and his ministers.

3:10PM IST

Pollution meet at L-G’s office

Minister Imran Hussain says the L-G has called a meeting on the same issue at the same time. Hussain will attend the meeting at the L-G’s office.

3:01 PM IST

Delhi environment minister to convene pollution meet

Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain is to convene a meeting at 3pm to review the status of Delhi’s air pollution.

2:55 PM IST

Satyendar Jain’s sugar level drops

Satyendar Jain’s sugar level dropped to nearly half of the normal. The minister is on the third day of an indefinite hunger strike.

“We are constantly monitoring his situation. This morning, his vitals were checked and blood level had gone down to 47 units (mg/dL). A normal person should have 90-100 units of it. His blood pressure reading was 110/70, so that is ok,” Director General of Health Services Kirti Bhushan told PTI.

The DGHS said a medical team is regularly monitoring his health condition.

Bhushan said Jain’s pulse reading too dropped to about 64 this morning against a normal of 72, but as long as it is above 60, it is fine.

1:50 PM IST

IAS officers’ strike under PM Modi’s direction: AAP MP

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh says that IAS officers’ strike is taking place under PM Modi’s direction and with the L-G’s protection.

11:42 AM IST

Kejriwal writes to PM Modi

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal wrote, “Delhi facing unprecedented situation. Request you to get IAS officers to end strike.”

Kejriwal cited instances when the government work was stuck as officers have not been attending meetings with ministers for the past three months.

He said no meeting has taken place between IAS officers and ministers for three months to address the issue of air pollution, even as toxic pollutants in the air reached dangerous levels over the past three days.

11:32 AM IST

Not allowed to meet brother, says Kejriwal

Kejriwal has accused the LG’s security personnel of not allowing his brother, who came from Pune, to see him.

11:29 AM IST

Ministers clear files from L-G office

The ministers have been clearing all the government files from the L-G office and are being supplied with food from Kejriwal’s residence, reports IANS.

11:18 AM IST

Satyendar Jain undergoes medical check-up

Minister Satyendar Jain has been on an indefinite hunger strike since Tuesday. He also went through a medical check-up on Thursday morning.

11:17 AM IST

Sisodia undergoes health check-up

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday that he would go on a fast until Baijal declared the “strike” by bureaucrats illegal and took action against them. On Thursday, he underwent a health check-up at the L-G’s office.

11:14 AM IST

This is “not right”, tweets Kejriwal

On Thursday morning, Kejriwal tweeted that not accepting demands put forward by the Delhi government was “not right”.

In his letter to Modi, Kejriwal cited instances when the government work was stuck as the officers have not been attending meetings with ministers for the past three months.

He said no meeting has taken place between IAS officers and ministers for the past three months to address the issue of air pollution, even as toxic pollutants in the air reached to dangerous levels over the past three days.

11:05 AM IST

BJP’s counter protest against AAP

On Wednesday, AAP leaders had staged a protest march from the CM’s residence to the L-G’s office for which they gathered supporters from across Delhi’s 70 assembly constituencies.

The BJP staged a counter-protest by laying siege to Kejriwal’s office at the Secretariat, demanding that the chief minister and his ministers end his “dharna politics”.