AAP spokesperson, Saurabh Bhardwaj, said, “There were around 20,000 people in the rally with almost 5,000 placards. One or two objectionable placards/ persons are always planted by opposition parties to distract people from the motive of a rally.
The final act began when Kejriwal and three AAP ministers started camping at Raj Niwas on Monday, asking the L-G to persuade officers to end their “partial strike”. They are yet to leave.
From 3 pm to 5 pm, the crowd swelled outside CM’s residence, where a makeshift dais was made for the leaders to address the crowd. One after another, almost all AAP ministers and senior leaders picked up the mic.
The impasse between AAP and Lt Governor Anil Baijal showed no signs of coming to an end as Delhi saw a day of protests and counter-protests on Wednesday.
In his letter, Goel added that the ongoing agitation of the bureaucrats has brought developmental works in the city to a halt. “Don’t you think the people of Delhi are bring insulted? Being the custodian of the city, you should fulfill your constitutional obligations and end the strike.
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During their sit-in at the L-G office, Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues were quite active on social media, with the chief minister retweeting around 55 tweets in 13 hours since morning.
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.
“Grant us full statehood before the Lok Sabha polls, each and every vote in Delhi will be polled in your (BJP’s) favour; we will campaign for you. If not, you will be thrown out by the people,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
A number of AAP MLAs and leaders also camped outside the LG office, and the police have barricaded the area.
In March 2018, Kejriwal was absent during the Budget Session, which has never happened in the history of the Delhi government.
“People keep saying Kejriwal has not said anything in the past one year. An undue advantage of that silence was being taken,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
“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.