Delhi: AAP sit-in protest garners widespread political support as it enters fourth day

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Kejriwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to end the IAS officers’ “strike” claiming that Lt Governor Anil Baijal was doing “nothing” to break the impasse.

As the ongoing protest by the Aam Aadmi party entered its fourth day on Thursday, Delhi chief ministers and his cabinet ministers continued to lodge their protest by lodging themselves in the waiting of Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal’s office.

Kejriwal also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to end the IAS officers’ “strike” claiming that Lt Governor Anil Baijal was doing “nothing” to break the impasse.

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In his letter to PM Modi, Kejriwal cited instances when the government work was stuck as the officers have not been attending meetings with the ministers for the past three months. 

He said cleaning of drains before the monsoon, setting up of mohalla clinics and measures to curb air pollution, which reached hazardous levels on Thursday in Delhi, are stuck because of the alleged strike by the IAS officers. 

Kejriwal also expressed hope that Modi will follow the footsteps of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee by respecting people’s will and allowing opposition ruled states to work for the people.

Meanwhile, the AAP also accused L-G Anil Baijal, for not meeting the protesting chief minister. Addressing a media conference in New Delhi, Rajya Sabha MP and senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said; “the chief minister has been staging sit-in at the L-G Secretariat for the last four days. We want to ask whether he (Baijal) could not spare even four minutes to meet him in the last four days”.

He said that the party has sought an appointment with President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lt Governor Anil Baijal over the IAS officers’ strike issue. 

The sit-in protest on Thursday received more political support including from actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, RJD, CPI(M) and CPI. 

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that the central government was using the office of the L-G to “obstruct” the elected government in Delhi in discharging of its constitutional duties. 

“This is despicable. The Centre must abandon this course of confrontation right away,” Yechury tweeted.

Haasan, who in February launched his own political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), in Tamil Nadu at an event attended by Kejriwal, said that interference in the functioning of an elected government is “unacceptable in a democracy”. 

“Interference in the functioning of an elected government is unacceptable in a democracy. In fact what is happening in Delhi and in TN/Pondicherry are not too different. It is frustrating for people who want a change for the better,” he tweeted. 

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said that the “dictatorial Centre” has made a “mockery of democracy” in Delhi and Puduchery.

In a Hindi tweet, Yadav said that interference in the functioning of elected governments through “pawns of the Centre is bloodying the contexts and aspirations of the democracy”. 

Rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav also came out in support of Kejriwal, saying “the elected government is not being allowed to work for one reason or the other.” 

“It is not a good precedent being set that the elected government is not allowed to work. It may be mentioned that this is not a failure of the state government, but the people of Delhi are being neglected due to the unnecessary tussle between the LG and the state government,” he said in a statement. 

According to the statement, Yadav urged the central government to take “initiative” to settle the issues of Delhi government once for all so that the people of Delhi “feel comfortable”. 

The Delhi unit of Communist Party of India (CPI) also strongly condemned the attitude of Lt Governor Anil Baijal “by not meeting” the chief minister and his ministers who are sitting since Monday in the waiting hall of the LG Secretariat office. 

“The CPI is of the view that no constitutional authority in Delhi can be an agent of any political party or its ideology and cannot bypass or neglect the elected government of Delhi,” the party said in a statement.


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