AAP-LG standoff LIVE: Arvind Kejriwal, in a fresh appeal, reassured the IAS officers that he would ensure their “safety and security” while urging them to call off their “strike.” Get the latest news here
A Chief Minister on protest, an embattled bureaucracy and a case in Supreme Court — the AAP govt’s pitch for statehood has many moving parts. The Indian Express look at how the demand for autonomy has played out in the past, and where different parties have stood on it.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had said that it was “unfortunate” that the chief ministers of four states allowed themselves to be a part of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo’s “drama”.
The four addressed a press conference at Kejriwal’s residence in New Delhi, urging the Centre to “rise above politics”, solve the “constitutional crisis” and not “restrict the federal system”.
Deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, who started his indefinite fast on Tuesday, said he will stop drinking water if they were forced to break their fast.
Alleging that Baijal is doing “nothing” to break the impasse despite repeated requests from the AAP, Kejriwal in his letter said that the Centre and the L-G have control over the IAS officers and had they been under the Delhi government, their “strike” would have ended within hours.
AAP dharna Highlights: The Delhi High Court, on the other hand, agreed to hear on June 18 a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by the CM and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal.
When Kejriwal and three cabinet colleagues walked into Raj Niwas Monday evening, AAP leaders and government officials knew a confrontation would ensue. But few had anticipated the CM would stage an indefinite sit-in.
AAP dharna HIGHLIGHTS: The BJP and Congress slammed Arvind Kejriwal, terming his ‘dharna’ at the L-G office a “mockery of democracy” and a “drama”. Get all the latest news here.
They are demanding L-G Anil Baijal to act against agitating IAS officials and approve the doorstep delivery of ration — a pet project of the AAP government.
Arvind Kejriwal issued a statement listing certain instances, across departments, of work allegedly being affected due to the agitation. The officials named in the statement hit back, saying these were “baseless”.
Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and Labour Minister Gopal Rai refused to leave the waiting room of the L-G office, adjoining his residence at Civil Lines, pending orders from Anil Baijal.
“When people in other states vote and pay taxes, they are ruled by their elected governments. But in Delhi, despite voting and paying taxes, the government elected by the people has no power. This is an insult to the Constitution of India,” Gopal Rai said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said private hospitals would not be allowed to have more than 50 per cent profit, as he claimed that such establishments were charging high prices and earning profits of over “1000 per cent”.
Earlier, the Delhi Congress had rejected any tie-up with the AAP in the national capital, where the Congress drew a blank and the AAP formed government with an absolute majority in the 2015 assembly elections.