Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal knocks Centre's door, chief ministers of states come out in support

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to find a solution to the standoff.

Published: 16th June 2018 12:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2018 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File | PTI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on his fifth day of protest against the alleged strike by Delhi IAS officers announced that he will launch a door-to-door campaign after Sunday if the Centre continues to be mute on their demands. Kejriwal and his four ministers who are protesting from Delhi LG Anil Baijal's office have been demanding to call-off alleged strike and approve Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government schemes of Ration home delivery.

Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, have been camping in the Raj Niwas - the official accommodation-cum-office of LG Anil Baijal -- since Monday evening. While, AAP was busy in approaching centre for solution, other party leaders and Chief Ministers of states came in support of Kejriwal's sit-in protest.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to find a solution to the standoff.

Similarly, Chandrababu Naidu, CM of Andhra Pradesh also tweeted in favour of CM Delhi and said "The trend of using the Governor's Office for Political benefits of the ruling party at the centre, goes against the spirit of the Constitution."

Kejriwal, in a video released from the Lt Governor's office, asked the party workers to do a similar campaign like the one they did over electricity bills. "After Sunday, if there is no response on our demands, go door-to-door and bring sign of at least 10 lakh families. We will forward it to the Prime Minister. He is not responding on my demand, so the people of Delhi will ask him," Kejriwal said. "We wrote to the LG, texted him. We wrote to the Prime Minister. Why has the Prime Minister not ordered the officers to call off their strike. On the other hand, BJP members are protesting to support the officers' strike," Kejriwal added.

Meanwhile, AAP leader and Member of Parliament Sanjay Singh met Minister of Home Rajnath Singh. "The Home Minister has promised that he will take up the matter with Lt. Governor Anil Baijal and find a solution to the issue," AAP leader said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had warned of a protest at the Prime Minister's residence on Sunday if their demands were not met. Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who is on indefinite fast along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday claimed that Delhi LG Anil Baijal wants them to throw out of his office and he attempted on Friday by sending team of doctors along with cops to Visitor room where the AAP ministers are protesting.

On the other side, Ex Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit slammed Kejriwal and advised him to read constitution. "Kejriwal must understand Delhi is a Union Territory and he is wrong if he thinks he can have a governance model like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. He should first read the Constitution. If he thinks that there is a need to make amendments to the Constitution, he should approach Modi ji and the Parliament," the senior Congress leader said.

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  • Rakhi B

    Arvind Kejriwal must first have a meeting with Delhi Chief Secretary
    1 year ago reply
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