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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.

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