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AAP dharna HIGHLIGHTS: Protesting AAP leaders, workers stopped by police outside LG’s house

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 14, 2018 6:40:28 am
arvind kerjiwal, Kejriwal protest, manish sisodia, l-g anil baijal, ias officers strike, AAP march, aap, kejriwal dharna, aap news, kerjiwal news Hundreds of AAP supporters marched towards LG’s house on Wednesday. (AAP Twitter)

A large number of AAP leaders and workers protested outside LG’s house on Wednesday, even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues continued with their sit-in at Anil Baijal’s office for the third straight day. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also began an indefinite hunger strike today. Earlier, on Tuesday, Health Minister Satyendar Jain had launched an indefinite hunger strike.

Kejriwal, along with Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai have been staging a sit-in at the LG’s office since Monday to protest against agitating IAS officials and to get an approval for the doorstep ration delivery scheme. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also came in support of Delhi Chief Minister today, appealing LG Anil Baijal and Modi government to resolve the issue.

“We are not sitting here for ourselves. We are sitting here for the people of Delhi, for schools, water, mohalla clinics, so that the people of Delhi get the facilities,” Kejriwal said in a video message from LG’s office.

In photos | Kejriwal’s sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor’s office has now entered its third day

Meanwhile, the BJP and Congress slammed Kejriwal, terming his ‘dharna’ at the L-G office a “mockery of democracy” and a “drama”. Raising the water shortage issue in the city, BJP’s Delhi unit also staged a protest at Kejriwal’s residence today.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is on a dharna and AAP workers marched to Raj Niwas to extend support. Read Highlights

23:54 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Yashwant Sinha accused Rajnath Singh of not taking any initiative to resolve the impasse

"I had an opportunity to work with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I have no regrets about not having a chance to work with small-time leaders," he said, drawing loud cheers from the audience.

He accused Home Minister Rajnath Singh of not taking any initiative to resolve the impasse. The Centre is sleeping. There are no reports to show that Rajnath Singh is taking it seriously. Why hasn't your voice reached the PMO and the Home Ministry?"

Sinha said he tried to meet Kejriwal at the LG office but the police turned down his request.

23:38 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Yashwant Sinha said if A B Vajpayee had been PM he would have taken steps to end Delhi impasse

Sinha expressed solidarity with Kejriwal saying, "If Atal Bihari Vajpayee were there, he would have directed the home minister to talk to the Delhi chief minister to figure out a way." He, has served as a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said he had no regrets about not working with the current BJP dispensation.

23:14 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Yashwant Sinha joins AAP protest

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha said a prime minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have held talks with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to end the ongoing impasse between the AAP government and the bureaucracy. Sinha, who joined AAP leaders as they marched to the Lt Governor's office over IAS officers "strike", said he had no regrets about not working with "small-time leaders" (of the BJP).

22:55 (IST)13 Jun 2018
AAP vows to continue struggle after march to LG's office

Even as the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three ministers entered its third day, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today began an indefinite strike and the AAP vowed to continue its struggle after its leaders and MLAs marched to the L-G office.

20:09 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Mamata Banerjee comes in support of Kejriwal's sit-in at LG's house
18:32 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Amid tight police security, AAP supporters protest at LG's house
18:23 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Police stops AAP's #March4Democracy on their way to LG's house

Delhi Police has stopped the #March4Democracy on the way to LG's house. The distance between Delhi CM's residence and LG's House is 1.5 to 2 km. (AAP Twitter)

18:12 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Had Vajpayee been the PM today, he would have ordered Union Home min to sit with Delhi CM and find a solution: Yashwant Sinha
18:05 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha expresses concern over the present state of affairs in Delhi
17:57 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Sheila Dixit taunts Kejriwal, says he is not conscious of his duties as CM

Congress leader and former Delhi CM ShSheilaixit today said that Arvind Kejriwal is not at all conscious of his constitutional duties due to which people of Delhi are suffering. She lambasted the AAP leader for his sit-in protest inside the Raj Niwas that entered its third day today. Dikshit, a three-time Delhi Chief Minister, said it was "completely unacceptable" that head of the government was sitting on a "dharna" at the Lt Governor's house when the city was reeling under severe water crisis and other problems, reports PTI.

17:52 (IST)13 Jun 2018
AAP's #March4Democracy begins as hundreds march towards LG House
17:39 (IST)13 Jun 2018
March towards LG's house begins; AAP claims huge number of supporters and Delhiites turned up at CM's residence
17:00 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha also joins AAP's march towards LG's House
16:58 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Huge number of AAP supporters arrive at Delhi CM Kejriwal's residence before marching towards LG's house
16:50 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel attacks LG

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel today supported the demands of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers staging a sit-in at the L-G office since Monday evening, as he jumped into the ring to attack Lt Governor Anil Baijal over IAS officers' "strike".

15:57 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari, party workers protest outside Delhi CM's office over water, power supply.

Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari and party workers today raised slogans against the AAP government outside CM Kejriwal's office. (PTI Photo) 

15:43 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Delhi BJP leaders stage protest at Kejriwal's office

Mimicking the protest by AAP party at LG's office, BJP leaders today sat on a dharna at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's office against the "non-performance" of his government, reports PTI. Rebel AAP legislator Kapil Mishra also staged a protest outside the CM's office.

15:21 (IST)13 Jun 2018
Manish Sisodia writes to LG, says Delhi people are waiting for his reply
15:07 (IST)13 Jun 2018
If IAS Association agrees to work with AAP govt then we can request our CM to end the 'satyagrah': Sanjay Singh
14:50 (IST)13 Jun 2018
All this is being done on Modi ji's instructions and under LG's patronage: Sanjay Singh

"All this is being willingly done under LG's patronage and on Modi Ji's instructions. Since 2014 -- when the Modi government came to power -- the post of Governors and Lieutenant Governors are being misused, wherever there is opposition in power. But we will not remain silent," says Sanjay Singh.

delhi aap protest, kejriwal sit it, lg office sit in, kejriwal protest, delhi lg aap tussle, delhi ias officers strike, indian express Satyender Jain, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Shisodia and Gopal Rai at LG House, on protest on June 11, 2018. Express photo.

AAP workers on Tuesday gathered at CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence to extend support to their leader. The IAS officers, meanwhile, maintained that terming the agitation as a “strike” was wrong, as they have merely been skipping routine meetings to protest against the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at the CM’s residence on February 19. In a counter, Delhi AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, citing rules said, even "slowing down" work and not attending meetings called by ministers was a form of strike.

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