NEW DELHI: The ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Delhi sought to mount pressure on Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal as the sit-in protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three of his ministers at the L-G’s office entered the third day on Wednesday.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia launched an indefinite fast, joining his colleague Satyendar Jain who had started a hunger strike on Tuesday. “I am fighting for the people of Delhi against those who have stopped the public services. You can say this ‘dharna’ is my surgical strike against those who want to punish the voters of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
Meanwhile, political temperature in the national capital soared, with former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee coming out in support and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit hitting out at Kejriwal.
The L-G, who hasn’t reacted apart from issuing a statement on the first day, met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
AAP leaders and workers gathered outside the CM’s residence and took out a march to the Raj Bhawan. Joining them, Sinha expressed solidarity with Kejriwal and the AAP. “It would be better for the country if a solution to the crisis in Delhi is found at the earliest,” he said.
Banerjee tweeted: “@... 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.”
However, Dikshit said Kejriwal was not at all conscious of his constitutional duties and people were bearing the brunt of his “confrontational politics”.