With the stand-off between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal entering the eighth day, the deadlock in Delhi refuses to die down. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was on an indefinite hunger since Tuesday, was shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital here late on Sunday night. In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Jain was shifted to the hospital due to “deteriorating health”.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, alongwith Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai started strike at the office of LG for past one week, demanding him to direct IAS officers to end their ‘strike’ and approve doorstep delivery scheme of his government.
We are not on strike, stop using us for politics: IAS officers flay AAP
On June 17, a group of IAS officers held a press conference and denied the charges levelled by Kejriwal government that they are on a strike for 4 long months. The officials said that they have been targeted and victimized by the ruling Delhi government for political gains.CM Arvind Kejriwal directly responded to the press conference by the officers, promising them security and seeking full cooperation.
“I would like to inform that we are not on strike. The information that IAS officers in Delhi are on strike is completely false and baseless. We are attending meetings, all departments are doing their works. We are sometimes also working on holidays” Manisha Saxena, IAS association.
AAP organized a massive march to the prime minister’s residence
The political slugfest between parties continued with the AAP upping the ante and organizing a massive march to the prime minister’s residence. The march was, however, stopped by the police midway. Spurred by the participation of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and several Left workers, the AAP had managed to stage a notable protest march but failed to reach its avowed destination — 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the prime minister’s residence.
Kejriwal has received support from almost all opposition parties except the Congress.
Taking a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre and the Delhi government under the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress leader Ajay Maken said the current deadlock suits both the parties.
“The situation, as we see it right now, suits both the BJP and the AAP. It diverts attention from their respective failures. The L-G allowing the Delhi CM and his ministers to protest for more than four days outside his office in itself is a matter of concern,” he said, adding that the AAP did not want to learn the art of governance.
The standoff between the Delhi government and IAS officers began in February
In February, it was reported that Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was allegedly beaten up by AAP ministers at the CM’s residence in his presence over non-clearance of an advertisement file claiming corruption contained under AAP’s regime.
The CM rubbished allegations that his MLAs and ministers had assaulted the Chief Secretary at his residence on February 20 night.
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