NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to end the IAS officers’ ‘strike’ as more support from Opposition parties across India poured in for him and his Cabinet colleagues, who have been camping in the waiting room at the L-G’s office for four days.
On the other hand, L-G Anil Baijal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue. Kejriwal accused the L-G of doing nothing to end the strike while AAP stepped up attack on Baijal saying he did not have even “four minutes” to meet the CM and his ministers.
In a letter sent to Modi, Kejriwal appealed to him to help end the deadlock between the Delhi government and the bureaucracy. “For the last three months, Delhi’s IAS officers have been on strike. They have stopped coming to meetings called by ministers. Because of this, the work of the Delhi Government has been affected adversely. Delhi’s IAS officers are under the control of the L-G and the Centre. Their transfer, suspension etc. are all in the hands of the Centre and the L-G. That is why Delhi Government has been unable to end this strike,” he wrote.
Kejriwal wrote that preparations for the monsoon—cleaning of drains and measures for vector control to stop diseases like chikungunya—had not started because of the strike.
Listing other works affected by the ‘strike’, the CM wrote, “Pollution is a major problem in Delhi. Earlier, a review and planning meeting would be held every 15 days, as was supposed to be done. Because of the strike of IAS officers, Delhi has not had this meeting for the last three months.”
On Thursday, CPM leader Brinda Karat reached outside the L-G’s house to support the AAP protest while Makkal Needhi Maiam party’s founder-president Kamal Hassan tweeted in favour of the sit-in. “Interference in the functioning of an elected government is unacceptable in a democracy,” he tweeted. “In fact what is happening in Delhi and in TN/Pondicherry are not too different. It is frustrating for people who want a change for the better.”