New Delhi: The sit-in staged by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office entered the third day on Wednesday after the Aam Aadmi Party leaders spend the second night there. On Wednesday, Sisodia also announced that he would go on an indefinite fast, joining his colleague Satyendar Jain who had begun his indefinite fast on Tuesday.
Kejriwal, along with his three ministers, has said that he would not leave the office premises till the LG agreed to act on their demands, including asking IAS officers to end their “illegal strike”.
On Wednesday morning, the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo tweeted, “Good morning, Delhiites. Our struggle to overcome the hurdles blocking Delhi’s development is on. Our confidence is our strength.” The four leaders have been camping inside the LG office’s waiting room since Monday evening and have spent two nights there sleeping on the couches.
Deputy chief minister Sisodia also tweeted that even as they had entered the third day of their strike, Lt Governor Biajl was yet to ask the IAS officers to end their ‘strike’. Meanwhile, according to a report by Zee News, Aam Aadmi Party workers were also expected to march towards the LG’s residence in the national capital at 4 pm, later today.
Ties between the AAP government and the IAS officers have been strained ever since the alleged assault of Chief Secreatry Anshu Prakash by a few AAP workers at Kejriwal’s residence on the intervening night of February 19-20. Following this, the AAP government claims that the IAS officers had gone on a “partial strike” and were not attending meetings with ministers or taking their calls.
The AAP government is demanding the LG to intervene in the matter and to ask the IAS officers to end their “illegal strike” as well as order action against those who have stalled work for the last “four months”. They also want LG Baijal to approve their proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
Meanwhile, the LG’s office has slammed the AAP leaders for their protest, calling the sit-in as yet another “dharma without reason”.