AAP-LG standoff, Day 8, Highlights: IAS officers say ready for talks, Sisodia wants meeting in presence of Baijal

AAP-LG standoff LIVE: In a strong message to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and some of his cabinet colleagues, the Delhi High Court High on Monday observed that his week-long sit-in protest or ‘dharna’ at the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal is unwarranted. Get the latest news here

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia being taken to hospital on Monday. (Express photo) Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia being taken to hospital on Monday. (Express photo)

As the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) protest entered its eighth day on Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and sought a meeting between the government and IAS officers to end the ongoing impasse between the two groups. Sisodia was admitted in the hospital after his condition deteriorated in the afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court had pulled up the state government and asked who had authorised the sit-in protest by the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues at the LG’s office. “You are sitting inside the LG’s office. It it’s a strike, it has to be outside the office,” the court said.

Kejriwal, on the other hand, in a fresh appeal, reassured IAS officers that he would ensure their “safety and security” while urging them to call off their “strike.” The party on Sunday had planned a march till the Prime Minister’s house in Lok Kalyan Marg on Sunday but was stopped near the Parliament Street police station.

Kejriwal and company have been staging a sit-in protest at LG’s office since last Monday over the bureaucratic impasse in the National Capital due to the IAS officers “strike.” Satyendar Jain, who along with Manish Sisodia was on an indefinite hunger strike, was rushed to hospital on Sunday after his health deteriorated.

Read | AAP-LG face off: 10 things you should know about the Delhi crisis

  1. 11:12PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Rahul Gandhi should give up food for two days and understand what our 'drama' feels like: Sanjay Singh

    "As far as this struggle for saving democracy is concerned, Congress party's name will be chronicled in dark letters in the annals of history. No citizen who believes in the constitution and the idea of democracy shall ever forgive Congress for its reaction to our protests. What they have done today is that they have played in BJP's lap; the entire party led by Rahul Gandhi is speaking in a language that is best associated with the BJP.  The nation is witnessing that on one hand, CM Arvind Kejriwal is sitting on a dharna for last seven days- two of his ministers have put their lives at risk for this struggle, while on the other hand, you have Rahul Gandhi who's calling this entire thing a 'drama'.  I would like to ask Mr Gandhi to give up food for two days and understand how this 'drama' feels like,  and ask his leaders to do the same, then you'll understand what this 'drama' feels like," said AAP leader Sanjay Singh. 

  2. 9:25PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Situation in Delhi worse than Emergency, says D Raja
  3. 8:11PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Why is LG not meeting Delhi CM, asks Tejashwi Yadav

    On the impasse, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said, "If there is anyone who has stopped developmental work, be it in Bihar or Delhi, it is the BJP. The BJP can take any step for political gain. What is the reason for Lt Governor not meeting Delhi CM?"

  4. 7:47PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Should see if Kejriwal is fit to hold CM's office, says Manoj Tiwari

    BJP leader Manoj Tiwari visited the Delhi Secretariat to meet the BJP leaders and IAS officers. He told reporters, "The Delhi CM is an elected representative, he has not been present at his office for some days now. It should be decided whether he is fit to hold the CM's office."

  5. 7:33PM
    18 Jun, 18

    "We had called for an urgent meeting to discuss the ration supply. We had called the food and civil supplies' secretary and the additional commissioner for the meeting. Just like previous times, the secretaries skipped today's meeting," Imran Hussain told reporters.

  6. 7:15PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Sisodia writes to LG Baijal

    In a letter addressed to the LG, Sisodia sought a meeting of all elected government and IAS officers to bring the ongoing tussle between the two groups to an end. "Requesting Hon'ble @LtGovDelhi to call a meeting of elected government and IAS officers to resolve the issue as soon as possible," he tweeted.

  7. 7:10PM
    18 Jun, 18
    AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj briefs media

    While addressing the media on the absence of the Food Commissioner from today's meeting, AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said, "As per norms, one is supposed to inform (in this case, environment minister Imran Hussain) if you are unable to turn up for the meeting. This did not happen."

  8. 6:20PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Spiritual leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam visits Sisodia
  9. 5:55PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Kejriwal expresses gratitude over Raja's visit
  10. 5:31PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Kejriwal thanks SP leaders for support
  11. 5:14PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Food commissioner skips meeting

    Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain had called for two meetings today. While the meeting on pollution was attended by all concerned officers, the food commissioner did not turn up for the meeting with the food department.

  12. 5:04PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Yadav calls for talks between PM Modi, LG Baijal and CM Kejriwal

    "I would urged PM Modi and LG Baijal to hold talks with the Delhi CM," Ramgopal Yadav said.

  13. 4:45PM
    18 Jun, 18
    'Delhi govt committed to IAS officers' safety'

    Sisodia added, "Happy for discussions with our officers. The Delhi government is committed to providing them with a safe and secure environment. However, the LG is the head of both the “services” and “security”. So, the meeting should take place in his presence so that assurances related to those subjects could be given."

  14. 4:43PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Sisodia responds to IAS association's appeal for talks

    In response to the IAS association's appeal to the CM, Sisodia said, "That's precisely why we have been sitting at Raj Niwas for so many days requesting the Hon’ble LG to call all stakeholders and end this impasse."

  15. 4:41PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Sisodia responds to IAS association's appeal for talks

    In response to the IAS association's appeal to the CM, Sisodia said, "Thats precisely why we have been sitting at Raj Niwas for so many days requesting Hon’ble LG to call all stakeholders and end this impasse."

  16. 4:16PM
    18 Jun, 18
    SP leader Ramgopal Yadav to visit Sisodia, Jain

    Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav is likely to arrive at the hospital to meet Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain. 

  17. 4:00PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Open to discussion with CM: IAS association

    Meanwhile, Delhi's IAS association said that it was open to discussion with the CM over the strike of its officers. "The office of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi welcomes Hon'ble CM Arvind Kejriwal's appeal. We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication and vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security and dignity. We are open to formal discussions with the Hon'ble CM on this matter," the association said.

  18. 3:59PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Open to discussion with CM: IAS association

    Meanwhile, Delhi's IAS association said that it was open to discussion with the CM over the strike of its officers. "The office of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi welcomes Hon'ble CM Arvind Kejriwal's appeal. We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication and vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security and dignity. We are open to formal discussions with the Hon'ble CM on this matter," the association said.

  19. 3:59PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Open to discussion with CM: IAS association

    Meanwhile, Delhi's IAS association said that it was open to discussion with the CM over the strike of its officers. "The office of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi welcomes Hon'ble CM Arvind Kejriwal's appeal. We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication and vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security and dignity. We are open to formal discussions with the Hon'ble CM on this matter," the association said.

  20. 3:46PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Sanjay Singh visits Sisodia

    AAP leader Sanjay Singh arrived at the hospital to visit Sisodia.

  21. 2:30PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Satyendar Jain not taking food orally, to be kept under observation: doctors

    Revealing more information about Satyendar Jain's health conditions, Dr J C Passey, medical superintendent of LNJP Hospital said that Jain was shifted at 11.50 PM on the complaints of a headache, nausea, abdomen pain, respiratory difficulties and urine retention. "Our team of specialists, who examined him, advised hospitalisation following which he was shifted to the ICU where necessary investigations and treatment was started instantly," the doctor said. "He (Jain) had to be put on oxygen therapy and he felt better after he passed urine at 2.30 AM. His general condition is stable," Dr Passey said.

    Passey said Jain is not taking food orally and is being given glucose, electrolytes and medication for symptomatic relief intravenously. "Our team of specialists have examined him again today and have advised some investigations. He is likely to be kept in the ICU for the next 24 hours for observation," he said, reported PTI

  22. 2:28PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Express Opinion | Kejriwal’s crisis shows how the 2019 polls might be fought

    When he broke into politics in 2015 after riding a spontaneous social ferment in 2012 as a civil society activist, Kejriwal was unique because no one in Indian history had risen to power in such a short time. He built the AAP ship while sailing it. The inevitable political formalisation and institutionalisation had to happen in a hurry and he managed it with minimal collateral damage. But he chose be a lone ranger, playing it alone.

    However, after finding a common enemy in the BJP – whether or not Kejriwal is ideologically opposed to it like the Congress and the CPM – is finally mainstreaming him. Circumstances will also compel him to be a part of regional alliances, or lose relevance.

    The pressure both the BJP and its government at the Centre exerted on him has not just been annoying, but has been undermining his role as a Chief Minister. By restraining him with controls on administration and legislation, and letting loose a Lieutenant Governor who can stall almost everything he does, the Centre has made him almost immobile. By continuing to retain the most crucial portfolios of law and order and land – and allegedly sitting on many other reforms – it practically caged him. Read more

  23. 1:23PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Prayer meeting at 5pm today

    Adding that Satyendar Jain's ketones level was in critical condition when he was hospitalised, AAP leader Aashish Khetan said that Jain could have gone into kidney failure if immediate medical intervention was not provided. Manish Sisodia's is also not doing too well, the party leaders said. The party has arranged for a prayer meeting at 5 pm today for the well-being of its leaders

  24. 1:19PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Opposition supporting Kejriwal's protest: AAP

    Taking a dig at the Congress party, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, 'Whenever the democracy was threatened in Goa, Manipur, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, the AAP was the first to speak up. You should now ask the Congress why they are siding with the BJP?' Sanjay Singh also mentioned that NDA's ally Shiv Sena has also sided with the AAP among other opposition parties. 

  25. 1:18PM
    18 Jun, 18
    You must question who authorised BJP to protest at CM's office: AAP on Delhi HC's observation

    Responding on Delhi HC's observation, AAP said, 'We had tried everything possible. The protest was the last resort. Also, there is a protest staged by BJP right now in front of CM's office. Questions must be raised about that as well then.'

  26. 1:14PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Tried everything possible to end the impasse: AAP

    "If the IAS officers, LG and Centre agree to participate in the government meetings, we will end the strike," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said. "We have tried everything -- from talks, meetings and request-- so that the officers can come back to their duties," he said. 

  27. 1:08PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Onus now on Centre, LG to end bureaucratic impasse in Delhi: AAP

    Aam Aadmi Party in a press conference requested the central government and LG Baijal to take steps to end the bureaucratic impasse in Delhi. "CM Kejriwal has started a good initiative. The onus is now on Central government and LG Baijal to take it forward." Adding that the party led a revolutionary protest on Sunday, AAP leader Sanjay Singh warned of people's anger if the issues are not resolved. The party also plans to start a door-to-door campaign and will send 10 lakh letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to end the IAS officers' strike.

  28. 1:03PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Whatever is happening to Kejriwal, it's not good for democracy: Shiv Sena

    Extending its support to AAP's protest in New Delhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "The type of movement Arvind Kejriwal has started is a unique one. Uddhav Thackeray had a conversation with him & said that Kejriwal has the right to work for Delhi because they are the elected govt. Whatever is happening to them, it's not good for democracy."

  29. 1:00PM
    18 Jun, 18
    IAS officers deny 'strike', flag safety concerns

    IAS officers, in a press conference in Delhi on Sunday, said that “they are not on strike” and that they “do not feel safe attending all meetings.” At the Press Club of India, revenue secretary Manisha Saxena said, “All officers are working, attending meetings, doing inspections and moving files despite being targetted and victimised by this government. No officer is on strike… this is all misinformation. IAS officers are nameless, faceless bureaucrats, but this is an abnormal situation, which is why we have to clarify our stand.”

    On “missing routine meetings”, Directorate of Information and Publicity Secretary Jaydev Sarangi said, “We attend statutory meetings, Cabinet meetings, and Assembly sessions too. After what happened with the chief secretary, we are scared… if this can happen to the head of bureaucracy, who is safe? If we don’t feel safe attending a meeting or feel like it will impact our self-respect, we do not attend that meeting. But we are not on strike.”

  30. 12:54PM
    18 Jun, 18
    How the demand of Delhi's statehood played out in past

    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.

    Read more | AAP govt’s dharna for statehood: How the demand for autonomy played out in the past

  31. 12:41PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Day 1 to Day 8 of Kejriwal's protest: Quick recap

    Day 1 - Monday: In an unprecedented move, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three of his Cabinet colleagues -Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, and Labour Minister Gopal Rai begin a sit-in protest at LG Baijal's office after the latter failed to resolve the bureaucratic impasse in the National Capital, following the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on February 20 earlier this year.

    Day 2 - Tuesday: PWD Minister begins an indefinite hunger strike

    Day 3 - Wednesday: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia begins a hunger strike. Party workers and supporters also marched from CM Kejriwal's residence to LG's office. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel in a letter also urged the LG to take steps to end the four-month-long impasse between the ministers and the IAS officials in the local administration. The BJP also staged a counter-protest against Kejriwal-led AAP.

    Day 4 - Thursday: Kejriwal writes a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to urgently intervene in the issue. Party workers also launched a candle-march to protest against Baijal over Delhi’s statehood issue. 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.

    Day 5 - Friday: Family members of Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues were denied permission to meet the leaders protesting at LG's office. . “We wanted to meet our husbands for 10 minutes. They made us wait for 1.5 hours at the first barricade and then turned us away. Are we a security threat? Is he (Baijal) so insecure?" Sunita Kejriwal, a former IRS officer and wife of Arvind Kejriwal told. Along with Sunita, Kejriwal’s mother, and the wives of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and PWD Minister Satyendar Jain had gone to meet the ministers around 6 pm inside Raj Niwas. Kejriwal also announced a door-to-door campaign from Monday and collect 10 lakh letters that will be addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to end the IAS officers' strike.

    Day 6 - Saturday: Four non-Congress Opposition chief ministers -- West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy, Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra's N Chandrababu Naidu -- were denied the permission to meet Arvind Kejriwal and LG Anil Baijal. The four leaders extended their support to the Delhi CM and urged the Centre to “rise above politics”, solve the “constitutional crisis” and not “restrict the federal system”. They also paid a quick visit to CM Kejriwal's residence.

    Day 7 - Sunday: The party called for a gherao of the PM’s office and led a march from Mandi House. The supporters were, however, stopped near Parliament House police station. Satyendar Jain, who is an indefinite fast, was rushed to hospital after his health conditions deteriorated.

    Day 8 - Monday: The Delhi High Court pulled up the Kejriwal govt, questioning who gave them the authority to protest. "Who authorised the strike/dharna (sit-in by Kejriwal)? You are sitting inside the LG's office. If it's a strike, it has to be outside the office," the court told lawyers appearing for the Delhi government. 

  32. 12:36PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Tried our best to resolve issue through talks: Arvind Kejriwal

    Arvind Kejriwal in an interview to The Indian Express discusses Delhi's statehood debate, the sit-in protest at LG's office and the IAS officers 'strike' in the National Capital.

    "We have tried our best to resolve this issue through talks. Since the last three-four months, we did everything possible to reason with the hon’ble L-G. I met him four times during the last three months, Manish met him four times, Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain met him thrice each. Further, Manish and I wrote to him. Every time the L-G said just one thing — that he wanted a week’s time and he would resolve everything. Finally, we got the impression that the hon’ble L-G never wanted to end this ‘strike’ by the officers. In fact, the strike has been instigated by the Centre through their L-G," he said. 

    Read more | Will protest for as long as necessary for the rights of people

  33. 12:10PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Cannot be called a strike: Delhi HC on Kejriwal's sit-in protest

    Delhi High Court, on Monday, pulled up the Kejriwal government over his sit-out at LG's office. "This can’t be called a strike. You can’t go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there. If it's a strike, it has to be outside the office," the court said. "Thing is that you're sitting on a dharna. Who authorised them to sit on a dharna like this?" the court asked. When the Delhi govt's lawyer described it an "individual decision," the court questioned if it is "authorised?"

    The bench headed by Justices A K Chawla and Navin Chawla were hearing two petitions, one against the sit-in by Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal and the other against the alleged strike by the IAS officers of Delhi government. Apart from the two petitions, a separate plea was moved by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta against the sit-in by Kejriwal at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's office. The matters are likely to be heard on June 22.

  34. 12:05PM
    18 Jun, 18
    Satyendar Jain's condition stable: doctor

    Satyendar Jain, who was hospitalised on Sunday evening is stable now, doctors today said. Jain, who had been on an indefinite hunger strike at the Lieutenant Governor office for nearly a week, was rushed to the LNJP Hospital after his health deteriorated. His Ketones level in urine was found high yesterday. "After hospitalization, his condition is stable," Medical Superintendent of LNJP, J C Passey, said.