Arvind Kejriwal-Delhi L-G row updates: Mamata Banerjee says people's mandate 'must be respected'

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Arvind Kejriwal-Delhi L-G row updates: Mamata Banerjee says people's mandate 'must be respected'
  • 20:33 (IST)

    Kejriwal thanks people for joining his protest

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Kejriwal assures IAS officers in Delhi government

  • 20:01 (IST)

    BJP and Akali Dal members protest at Rajghat against Kejriwal hunger strike

    Image procured by Ravishankar Singh

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Aam Aadmi Party does not have permission to hold protest march in national capital: Delhi Police

    Aam Aadmi Party does not have permission to hold a protest march in the national capital

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Toon by Manjul 

  • 19:07 (IST)

    30,000 workers of MCD (which is under BJP) supported AAP

    Nearly 30,000 Karamcharis of the MCD, which is under the BJP since 15 years, have turned up in support of the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government. (See here)

  • 19:00 (IST)

    AAP protest march has been called off

  • 18:50 (IST)

    AAP supporters reach barricades set by Delhi Police

  • 18:42 (IST)

    PM didn't say anything when we raised Delhi crisis with him: Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the prime minister did not give any assurance when she, along with three other chief ministers, raised the political crisis in Delhi with him.

    Banerjee, Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra Pradesh's N Chandrababu Naidu and Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting and urged the Centre to resolve the issue.

  • 18:40 (IST)

    IN PICTURE: Delhi Police stalls protest

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 18:36 (IST)

    Sanjay Singh, Sitaram Yechury at the protest march

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Kejriwal making Delhi people suffer due to his 'inflated ego': Congress

    The Congress on Sunday accused Kejriwal of making the people of the national capital suffer due to his "inflated ego".

    Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said Kejriwal should put an end to the crisis by expressing "regrets" to Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, who was allegedly manhandled by AAP legislators at the chief minister's residence during a late night meeting on 19 February.

  • 18:25 (IST)

    'Rally to protect rights of citizens', says AAP's Sanjay Singh

    Talking to News18, AAP's Sanjay Singh said that the rally is to protect the rights of citizens and to protect the Constitution. "Entire country is getting together to back Arvind Kejriwal's fight."

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Delhi Police stops protesters near Sansad Marg

  • 18:18 (IST)

    IN PICTURES: AAP supporters protest against L-G and Centre

  • 18:17 (IST)

    Going on strike a 'gross violation of code of conduct', says AAP's Raghav Chadha

    AAP's Raghav Chadha told News18 that the IAS association, just four days ago, said that officers have not been attending the meetings called by the ministers. "Going on strike is a gross violation of code of conduct. They should be suspended or their services terminated."

  • 18:09 (IST)

    AAP doesn't have permission for protest march: Delhi Police

    DCP, New Delhi, told ANI that AAP does not have permission for the protest march. "They've been contained at Parliament street. They're being told that they can't go any further," he added.

    "Specially trained personnel are deployed. We're sure they'll (AAP members and protesters) listen to us."

  • 18:04 (IST)

    AAP supporters protest against L-G

  • 18:01 (IST)

    RECAP: IAS Association refutes AAP govt's allegations, says 'no strike'

    IAS Association, in a press conference, said denied charges by Arvind Kejriwal and AAP that officers are on strike. Manisha Saxena, member of the IAS Association, said "IAS officers work away from the public eye. This is not a normal situation for us. We have been targeted and forced to do this."

    She added, “No officer is on strike and we are working even on holidays sometimes. We are completely apolitical.”

  • 17:50 (IST)

    AAP supporters march to prime minister's residence

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Delhi BJP accuses Arvind Kejriwal of resorting to 'political stunt'

    The Delhi BJP has accused Arvind Kejriwal of resorting to a "political stunt" in a bid to form an "anti-BJP, anti-Narendra Modi" front in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

    Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also said it was "unfortunate" that the chief ministers of four states allowed themselves to be a part of the AAP chief's "drama". - PTI

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Sanjay Singh leads protest march

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 17:16 (IST)

    IN PICTURE: AAP's protest march in support of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 17:07 (IST)

    No officer on strike, we are working even on holidays sometimes: IAS Association

    The IAS Association said that no officer is on strike and they sometimes even work on holidays.

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Delhi Police closes Copernicus Marg in view of the protest march

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 16:55 (IST)

    AAP leaders, supporters begin protest march

  • 16:49 (IST)

    CPM joins AAP's protest march from Mandi House

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Atishi Marlena says IAS officers don't attend meetings

    Countering the IAS Association's claims, AAP leader Atishi Marlena said, "We have over 50 notices which show that IAS officers did not respond to our meetings. It was only on Saturday that Imran Hussain called a meeting over Delhi pollution but, not even a single IAS officer showed up."

  • 16:44 (IST)

    Request PM, L-G to direct IAS officers to work: AAP leader

    AAP's Dilip Pandey told News18 that they are requesting L-G and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask IAS officers to come back to work.

  • 16:42 (IST)

    AAP supporters join party's protest march from Mandi House

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Joining protest rally to express condemnation on how federalism is being undermined by Centre: Yechury

    "Joining the protest rally to the Prime Minister's residence to express serious condemnation over the manner in which federalism, a fundamental feature of our Constitution, is being undermined by this BJP Central government," Yechury said in a statement.

    "Utilising the office of the Governors and L-G, the BJP-led Central government is seeking to destabilise non-BJP democratically elected state governments." - IANS

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Sanjay Singh leads AAP's protest march from Mandi House

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury joins AAP's protest at Mandi House

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 16:27 (IST)

    'Scared after incident involving Delhi chief secretary," says Manisha Saxena, IAS Association

    Saxena said that they are scared after what happened with Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash. "The chief secretary went for the meeting at midnight. How is this non-compliance? He went for a meeting but was assaulted."

    She, however, reiterated that officers are not on strike and added that all files are being moved and no work is being hampered.

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Meanwhile, AAP supporters gather at Mandi House for the protest march

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 16:21 (IST)

    We are apolitical and neutral: IAS Association

    "We are apolitical. Irrespective of the government in power, we do our jobs. We have never been required to come out in the open and clarify our stand. This is an unusual press conference. We never imagined that we would have to hold a press conference to justify our job. We are answerable only to the law and constitution," said Manisha Saxena.

    "The issues in Delhi are unique. Not everything is under our control but we do our job as per the constitution," she added.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    We feel frightened and victimised: Varsha Joshi, Transport Commissioner

    Varsha Joshi said that she has been targetted by the social media handles of a certain political party in an unfair manner. "We are here to do our work. Please don't use us for political mileage," she added.

  • 16:17 (IST)

    Reports of work being hampered because of so-called strike not true: IAS Association

    Manisha Saxena said that reports of how desilting of drains has been hampered due to our so-called strike is also not true. "Work is in progress."

  • 16:15 (IST)

    We have been victimised: IAS Association

    An IAS officer, in a press conference of the IAS Association, said that the officers are being victimised. "This is not a normal situation. We have been targetted and victimised. We are not on strike," the IAS officer said at the Press Club of India

  • 16:10 (IST)

    All departments doing their work: IAS Association

    In a press conference, IAS Association's Manisha Saxena said that all the departments are doing their jobs. "We are neutral and apolitical," she added.

    "We never imagined that we would have to hold a press conference to justify our work. We are answerable only to the Constitution," Saxena said.

  • 16:06 (IST)

    IAS Association holds press conference, reiterates that officers are not on strike

  • 15:56 (IST)

    AAP leader Sanjay Singh protests at Mandi House metro station

    Input by Ravishankar Singh

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee meets home minister, PM to find solution for Delhi deadlock

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she met the home minister and later the prime minister to find a solution for the problems in Delhi, according to News18.

  • 15:49 (IST)

    AAP alleges Delhi Police preventing people from joining march

    AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said people, who have gathered at the offices and residences of MLAs, are being stopped from moving to Mandi House.

  • 15:45 (IST)

    BJP slams Kejriwal for his sit-in protest

    The BJP on Sunday slammed Arvind Kejriwal for "creating drama to further his political ambitions" with his sit-in protest at L-G's residence.

    In a letter addressed to Kejriwal, BJP Delhi unit leaders and rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra said, "You have done everything in your power to shrug off any responsibility that comes with the position you hold, we are writing to you with a hope that you would have your conscience awakened to your moral responsibility..." - IANS

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Rakhi Birla says situation in Delhi 'worse' than Emergency

    Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly Rakhi Birla has said that the situation in Delhi is "worse" than the Emergency. Meanwhile, AAP leader Atishi Marlena alleged the Delhi Police was working on the instruction of the PMO. - PTI

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Shatrughan Sinha says demand for full statehood for Delhi must be fulfilled

  • 15:32 (IST)

    AAP alleges Delhi Police trying to stop people from joining march


    After police officials said that those trying to take out the march will be detained since no permission has been sought for it, AAP leaders 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," Gopal Rai said.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    No permission to AAP's protest march: Delhi Police

    Hours before the Aam Aadmi Party's protest march to the prime minister's residence, the Delhi Police said no permission was sought for it, even as AAP leaders alleged that party supporters were being prevented from taking part in the rally.

    The AAP is holding the march to support the sit-in of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues at the lieutenant governor's office for the last six days demanding him to direct IAS officers to end their "strike". - PTI

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Integrated Medical Association (AYUS) extended support to Arvind Kejriwal

The political war between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal escalated on Saturday, when the L-G's office allegedly stopped chief ministers of four states from meeting Kejriwal at the Raj Niwas.

Kejriwal, who has been camping at the Raj Niwas for six days, alleged that the L-G's office has stopped the four chief ministers from meeting him on the direction of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The impasse reached its peak when West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu decided to meet Kejriwal, who has stayed put at the Raj Niwas for the past six days.

Following the denial of permission from the L-G's office, the four leaders met at the Andhra Bhawan and discussed a strategy to put pressure on the BJP-led central government and support Kejriwal, who wants IAS officers to end their non-cooperation with his government.

The four chief ministers sent a letter to the L-G's office seeking time to meet him and make a representation about Kejriwal's protest. They also visited Kejriwal's residence and met his family. Meanwhile, the security outside the L-G's official residence has been beefed up.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal and the AAP criticised Baijal and the central government.

"We live in a democracy. Can the prime minister deny chief ministers of other states to meet the chief minister of another state? Raj Niwas is no one's personal property. It belongs to the people of India," party sources told IANS. 

"Permission denied by L-G. Extremely sad state of affairs," Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha tweeted.

Kejriwal followed it up with: "This is getting more and more bizarre..."

Minutes earlier, Chadha had tweeted: "West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asks L-G to let her meet Arvind Kejriwal this evening at 8 pm."

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike. He also wants the central government to approve his government's proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Jun 17, 2018 20:33 PM

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