Aam Aadmi Party protest against Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal latest updates:
AAP supporters have begun their protest march from Mandi House metro station. Delhi Police stopped the protesters at Parliament Street and told them that they can't go any further because they have no permission. AAP protest march has been called off
The IAS Association held a press conference to reiterate that officers are not on strike. Manisha Saxena said that all files are being moved and allegations that work is being hampered are wrong.
Hours before AAP's protest march to the prime minister's residence, the Delhi Police said no permission was sought for it.
Four metro rail stations – Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan and Lok Kalyan Marg – will be closed to prevent AAP workers and supporters to reach Mandi House, venue of the march scheduled at 4 pm.
"Those trying to take out the march will be detained since no permission has been sought for it," a police officer told PTI.
Reacting on the development, the AAP leadership alleged that the Delhi Police was trying to stop people from joining the march.
"Police has got several metro stations closed down. Barricades have been erected all over Delhi and police is going door to door asking people if they were going for the march. People are being stopped from going for the march," Delhi AAP chief Gopal Rai said.
Sitaram Yechury will join the AAP protest march to the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday evening. People will assemble at Mandi House at 4 pm and march to the PMO under the party banner to support Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, Delhi Police said that the party has not applied for permission for a protest march.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, along with the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the problems of the Delhi government immediately.
Kejriwal slammed Delhi L-G for attending the NITI Aayog meet on Sunday. He tweeted that he did not authorise the L-G to replace him in the meet.
The crucial NITI Aayog meeting on Sunday may turn into a platform for the four Opposition chief ministers to raise the issue of the political impasse in Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to News18.
Kejriwal's protest against Lieutenant Governor entered the seventh day on Sunday. The Aam Aadmi Party national convener is on a sit-in at the Lieutenant Governor's office for six days.
Kejriwal and three Cabinet colleagues have been staying put in a waiting room at Raj Niwas, protesting against what they call is a strike by the bureaucrats in the national capital, and have sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in solving what they termed a "constitutional crisis”.
File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI
On Saturday, Kejriwal received the support of chief ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala.
After their request for permission to meet the Aam Aadmi Party chief at the LG's office was “verbally” denied, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh's N Chandrababu Naidu and Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan reached the chief minister's home in the evening.
The open support to Kejriwal by the four regional heavyweights — from Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Janata Dal (Secular) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) — comes amid opposition's efforts to cobble together a rainbow coalition ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
But the Congress, which has been eyeing a grand alliance of opposition parties, has been slamming the Delhi chief minister for the sit-in at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's office.
The four chief ministers, who are in Delhi to attend a NITI Aayog meeting on Sunday, are expected to take up the matter with the prime minister.
"We came here to show our support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. We demand that the prime minister interferes and takes necessary steps to solve the problem," Kumaraswamy said.
"I wanted to meet the Delhi chief minister but I was told, verbally, that permission will not be granted. Then four of us wrote to the LG for an appointment, but we were told that he is not there. We were not allowed," Banerjee said.
Earlier, the four leaders met at Andhra Bhawan.
The CMs met Kejriwal's wife, members of minister Satyendar Jain's family and several AAP leaders at the Delhi chief minister's home.
“We want this problem to be solved. This has become a constitutional crisis. Ultimately, if this problem is not solved, the people will face issues,” Banerjee said.
“If this is happening in the capital, then what will happen in other states? We will meet the prime minister tomorrow and request him to intervene and solve the problem," Banerjee said.
The bureaucrats in Delhi are not meeting Delhi ministers as part of their protest against an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.
They are demanding an apology from Kejriwal for the incident.
At their joint press conference at Kejriwal's home, the CMs said they had come to show solidarity with the protest by the AAP chief.
Pinarayi Vijayan said the Centre must take immediate steps to resolve the issue. "We demand PM's intervention to solve this problem," he said.
He said the situation had developed in this manner because of the attitude of the central government, which is “destroying” the federal system.
The threat was not just to Delhi government but to the whole country, he said.
Mamata Banerjee said there has been “no work” in Delhi for the last four months.
“We want this issue to be sorted out as there is a constitutional crisis," she said. The people should not suffer due to a “political crisis” and their mandate should be respected, she added.
Kejriwal also attacked Narendra Modi, tweeting that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had directed Baijal to refuse permission to Banerjee to meet him.
Chandrababu Naidu said both the states and Centre should work together for the service of the people.
Senior BJP leader Vijay Goel said the four leaders are in the national capital to attend the NITI Aayog meeting and not to do politics.
“It doesn't suit them," he said.
"Where were they when Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was assaulted at Kejriwal's residence in his presence? And what will happen if the chief secretaries of their states also come out in support of Prakash," Goel said.
Updated Date: Jun 17, 2018 21:01 PM