AAP protest HIGHLIGHTS | Centre choking federal system, all democratic people are with Arvind Kejriwal, say four non-BJP Chief Ministers
Delhi's Lt. Governor Baijal earlier denied permission to Banerjee for meeting her Delhi counterpart who is on a protest at the Lt Governor's office-cum-residence, Raj Niwas.
NEW DELHI: Four non-BJP chief ministers today expressed solidarity with their Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, visiting his home and urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on issues over which he is on a sit-in at the Lieutenant Governor's office. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka's H D Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh's Chandrababu Naidu and Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan reached the chief minister's residence in the evening. They also wrote to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking an appointment with him.
Kejriwal and three Cabinet colleagues have been staying put in a waiting room at Raj Niwas, protesting against what they call is a strike by the bureaucrats in the national capital.
During a joint press conference after meeting Kejriwal's family members, Banerjee said there is a "consitutitional crisis" in Delhi. She said people should not suffer due to any 'political crisis' brought about by any political party.
The four chief ministers are in Delhi to attend NITI Aayog meeting to be held tomorrow.
The chief ministers sought Baijal's permission to meet him around 9 pm and make a representation on the issues concerning the sit-in.
Kejriwal accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai is on a dharna at the LG's office since Monday, demanding that Baijal direct IAS officers to end the "strike".
Banerjee also wanted permission to meet Kejriwal, but AAP said that Baijal has denied it.
On denial of permission by the Lt Governor, Kejriwal tweeted:
I don’t think Hon’ble LG can take such a decision on his own. Obviously, PMO has directed him to refuse permission. Just like IAS strike is being done at PMO’s instance. https://t.co/hKEe99s8Fp— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 16, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)