Arvind Kejriwal, ministers spend night at lieutenant-governor's office and demand end of IAS officers' strike

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues spent night at the Lieutenant Governor's office as they remained there since Monday evening for their demands including a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike" and action against officers who have struck work for "four months".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers staging a sit-in protest at the L-G's office. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@Rupashree Nanda

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers staging a sit-in protest at the L-G's office. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@Rupashree Nanda

Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia and two other ministers, Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain met Lt Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal at 5.30 pm yesterday and since then, they have stayed put at the L-G office.

Last night, the chief minister, who is a diabetic, had to take insulin during the sit-in and got "specific food" from his home, sources said. It is the first time in the history of Delhi that the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues spent night at L-G office to press for their demands.

Kejriwal tweeted at 6.27 am from the L-G office, saying "My dear Delhiites, good morning. Struggle continues".

A number of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs, party's leaders and workers have also camped near the L-G office, and the police have barricaded the area.

However, the L-G office slammed Kejriwal's sit-in, saying it is another protest in the sequence of "dharna without reason".

A statement, issued by Baijal's office last evening, stated that the L-G was "threatened" to summon officers and issue directions to them to end their "strike" immediately.

In the morning, a letter, signed by Kejriwal, Sisodia, Rai and Jain, was sent to Baijal, asking him to take all necessary steps to end the "strike" by IAS officers including issuing written orders that all those officers who do not return to work will be proceeded against and "if necessary, ESMA may be invoked".

According to the government, IAS officers have been on strike since the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and are boycotting meetings with AAP ministers due to which public works are getting affected.

However, the Officers association claimed that no officer is on strike and no work has been affected.

The letter, written by four ministers to Baijal, starts with "On behalf of the people of Delhi, we are here (L-G office) before you (Baijal)".

"Good Morning @LtGovDelhi Sir! Delhi CM and 3 ministers are still waiting in your waiting room since Monday evening. We hope you will get time from your busy schedule to resolve these three issues . Till then we are waiting," Sisodia tweeted.

In the letter, the ministers have also demanded to take exemplary action against those who have "stalled" till now.

The Delhi Cabinet also demanded the L-G's approval for AAP goverment's proposed doorstep delivery of ration scheme.

"Handed him this letter. L-G refuses to take action. L-G is under constitutional duty to act. Left with no option, we have politely told LG that we will not leave till he acts on all points. We have come out of his chamber and sitting in his waiting room," Kejriwal tweeted on Monday after he along with his three ministers started their sit-in.

"In the history of independent India, this is the first time that IAS officers are on strike for four months. Why?" he had questioned on Monday.

He also asserted that the scheme on doorstep deliver of rations should be implemented as it will help people and remove corruption.

The AAP dispensation claimed that several efforts were made to end the "strike" by IAS officers due to which government work has been suffering in past four months.

Sisodia had on Monday said that he met and wrote to the L-G five times about the strike but he did "nothing" to end it.

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Updated Date: Jun 12, 2018 11:00:26 IST

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