West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu during a meeting with wife of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunita at her residence in New Delhi on June 16 2018. (PTI Photo)
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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)
(L-R) West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu addressing the media at Arvind Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi on June, 16 2018. (EPS| Shekhar Yadav)
I wanted to meet Delhi CM but I was told, verbally and not even written, that permission will not be granted. Then four of us wrote to LG for appointment but we were told that he (LG) is not even there. We waited so long but we were not allowed: WB CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi pic.twitter.com/xU2zUeP5Ob— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2018
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaks
There are 2 Crore people in Delhi. The work has been disrupted since 4 months, there can be nothing more unfortunate than this. LG is the appointed leader, if not he then to whom will one to go to seek time & talk?: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi pic.twitter.com/Fjd35nmHlW— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2018
The Chief Ministers begin their media address
The CMs reach Kejriwal's house
The four non-BJP CMs request audience with the Delhi L-G
Kerala CM P Vijayan, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu & WB CM Mamata Banerjee write to Lieutenant Guv Anil Baijal, write 'Would like to make representation to you with respect to issues concerning Delhi CM'. They've sought an appointment for 9 pm today. pic.twitter.com/e4qITNH6oB— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2018
AAP leader Raghav Chadha tweets on 'sad state of affairs'
"West Bengal CM @MamataOfficial sought permission to meet CM @ArvindKejriwal, LG mercilessly denied permission.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 16, 2018
CMs of WB, AP, Karnataka, Kerala are on their way to CM residence.
After meeting AK's family they will proceed to LG office."- @raghav_chadha pic.twitter.com/y5SWpxyiGq
Kejriwal reacts on the denial of permission
Delhi LG denies Mamata permission to meet Kejriwal
Delhi's Lt. Governor Baijal earlier today denied permission to Mamata Banerjee for meeting her Delhi counterpart who is on a protest at the Lt Governor's office-cum-residence, Raj Niwas.
Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, is camping at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike. He also wants the central government to approve his government's proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.
AAP dharna: Day 6
On Day 6 of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's dharna amid his ongoing strife with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu have met and discussed and discussed their strategies to extend their support to the Aam Aadmi Party chief at his residence.