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.
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.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is on a dharna and AAP workers marched to Raj Niwas to extend support. Read Highlights
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.
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.
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).
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.
Mamata Banerjee comes in support of Kejriwal's sit-in at LG's house
. @ArvindKejriwal, CM of Delhi is sitting in a dharna in LG’s office for the last few days in the capital city of the country. Elected CM must get due respect. May I appeal to the Govt of India and @LtGovDelhi to resolve the problem immediately so that people do not suffer— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 13, 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)
Had Vajpayee been the PM today, he would have ordered Union Home min to sit with Delhi CM and find a solution: Yashwant Sinha
.@YashwantSinha at AAP’s #March4Democracy: “I was thinking if Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister today what would he have done? He would hv ordered the Union Home Mimister to sit with the elected Chief Minister of Delhi @ArvindKejriwal and find a solution to this impasse." pic.twitter.com/fQbO0mObHS— NationalForum (@RashtraManch) June 13, 2018
Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha expresses concern over the present state of affairs in Delhi
पीछे 2-3 दिनों से यहाँ जो घटनाचक्र देखने को मिल रहा है,उससे हर देशवासी चिंतित है| दिल्ली कोई साधारण नहीं राज्य हैं,यहाँ जो भी होता है उसपर देश समेत विदेश की भी नजर रहती है| इसलिए इस मुद्दे को जल्द से जल्द सुलझाना चाहिए-@YashwantSinha #March4Democracy pic.twitter.com/pPnya3QMbo— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 13, 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.
Huge number of AAP supporters arrive at Delhi CM Kejriwal's residence before marching towards LG's house
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".
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)
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.
Manish Sisodia writes to LG, says Delhi people are waiting for his reply
राजनिवास के वेटिंग रूम से मेरा पत्र, एलजी साहब के नाम.....— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 13, 2018
सर! सोमवार को आपने कहा था मुझे और टाईम दो. हम तब से यहीं बैठे हैं...48 घंटे होने को हैं... उम्मीद है आपने कुछ ठोस कदम उठाए होंगे... दिल्ली की जनता को आपके जवाब का इंतज़ार है। pic.twitter.com/VocThF6ESo
If IAS Association agrees to work with AAP govt then we can request our CM to end the 'satyagrah': Sanjay Singh
"अगर IAS Association अपनी प्रेस रिलीज़ में ये कहता है की हम मंत्रियों और मुख्यमंत्री के साथ काम करने को तैयार हैं और सभी अधूरे काम को पूरा करने को तैयार हैं, तो हम लोग भी पार्टी की और से CM @ArvindKejriwal से अनुरोध करेंगे की अपना सत्याग्रह खत्म करें"- @SanjayAzadSln pic.twitter.com/Kgkpia9UhK— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 13, 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.
AAP to approach President
Amid the ongoing tussle in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is all set to approach President Ram Nath Kovind
"मैंने महामहिम राष्ट्रपति जी से से दिल्ली, पंजाब के सभी विधायकों और पार्टी के सभी सांसदों के साथ उनसे मिलने का वक्त माँगा है।— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 13, 2018
क्योंकि ये आपात स्थिति है, ये एक गंभीर संकट है"- @SanjayAzadSln pic.twitter.com/Wfp5mL83HP
AAP strike: Speaker warns LG of people's anger, asks him to end bureaucratic impasse in Delhi
Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel in a letter to LG Anil Baijal has urged him to end the four-month-long impasse between the ministers and the IAS officials in the local administration in the city. Citing the House Panel meetings which the IAS officers skipped, the Speaker wrote, "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. And I can only hope that the rage among the people does not increase, because if it does, it will not be in your, the city's or the country's interest." Read more
Security beefed up outside Raj Niwas
In the wake of AAP's march today evening, security has been heightened outside Raj Niwas. Police personnel and paramilitary has been deployed in a 2 km radius of the LG's office.
Will not be 'bogged down': AAP leader
AAP leaders who are camping outside Kejriwal's residence said that the fight will continue and they will not be "bogged down" till their demands are met. "Modi and LG are not allowing us to work for the betterment. LG is orchestrating the strike by the IAS officers," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.
LG rule must end in Delhi: Kerala Finance Minister
Extending his support to CM Kejriwal's demand of complete statehood for Delhi, Kerala Finance Minsiter Thomas Isaac said, "LG rule in Delhi must end." "Union Territories like Delhi , wth legislatures should be given the status of States. LG rule in Delhi must end. It is a shame to Indian democracy that the elected CM and colleagues have to sit in all night dharna at LG office," he wrote on Twitter.
Anarchy has become AAP's identity: BJP
अराजकता इस सरकार की पहचान बन चुकी है। मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल के हठ ने बिगाड़े हैं दिल्ली के हालात। मुख्य सचिव से बदसलूकी के बाद इस विवाद को ख़त्म करने की बजाय दिल्ली सरकार इस मुद्दे पर लगातार सिर्फ़ राजनीति कर रही है। #जनता_त्रस्त_केजरीवाल_मस्त pic.twitter.com/EO8ZwjiqLL— BJP Delhi (@BJP4Delhi) June 13, 2018
What are Kejriwal's demands?
* Issue a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike"
* Action against those who have struck work for "four months"
* Approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
LG stays away from office, sends snacks for Kejriwal and company
While Kejriwal and company continue to protest at the LG's office, Anil Baijal did not come to his office on Tuesday. Sources said Baijal had meetings in the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and other places, and this was why he could not come to office today. However, the LG made sure that the leaders were provided tea and snacks.
Modi govt using IAS officer as 'tools' to 'scuttle good work done by Delhi govt': Kejriwal
As the tussle between the Delhi CM and LG Baijal continues, Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the Modi govt of using the IAS officers as "tools" to "scuttle good work done by Delhi govt." "Is it possible for IAS officers to return to work without green signal from PMO?" he wrote on Twitter
AAP workers, IAS officers engage in war of words
Alleging that the IAS officers had been skipping work, the AAP on Tuesday released a set of weekly reports, signed by WCD (director) Shilpa Shinde, to establish that non-cooperation by officials was affecting work. Six reports that stated that there was “nil” progress to be reported from the department were shared by AAP and ministers on Twitter. Shinde sought to set the record straight by releasing another set of documents, which included three reports from the department to show that work was done on other weeks.
“The allegation that officers are not meeting ministers is not entirely correct. Meetings have been attended during the preparation of the budget, cabinet decisions, and several other issues,” said a senior officer who did not want to be named.
Protest against those hindering Delhi's development continues: Kejriwal
सभी दिल्लीवासियों को सुप्रभात।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 13, 2018
दिल्ली के विकास के कामों में उत्पन्न की जा रही बाधाओं को दूर करवाने के लिए संघर्ष जारी है
हमारा आत्मबल ही हमारी ताक़त है।
After Satyendar Jain, Manish Sisoda begins indefinite fast
Welcome to the live blog. Delhi Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues will continue to protest inside LG's office for a third straight day. AAP leaders, meanwhile, will stage a march to 4pm today to extend their support. The BJP also has planned a protest outside Kejriwal's residence. Follow this space to track all latest developments