New Delhi: Mimicking a protest the ruling dispensation members are holding at the Lt Governor’s office, BJP leaders on Wednesday sat on a dharna at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office against the “non-performance” of his government. Rebel Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Kapil Mishra also joined them.
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the sit-in will continue till their demands are met by the AAP government. “Until the chief minister assures to provide water to the people, we will continue our sit in,” Gupta said. The protest is against the “non-performance” of the Kejriwal government, he added.
Gupta further said that the BJP legislators had tried to raise the water shortage issue in the assembly but they were marshalled out. The CM does not come to his office, where would people go to raise their problems, he said. “We have called on people to reach the CM office to raise problem of water supply,” Gupta said. Sirsa said the sit-in will continue until Delhi gets adequate water. BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan was also present at the sit-in.
BJP workers led by the party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari staged a protest at the Delhi Secretariat earlier on Wednesday over issues related to water and electricity supply.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday joined Health Minister Satyendar Jain on the third day of his indefinite hunger strike at LG Anil Baijal’s office, where they have been camping for two nights. The AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, are demanding that Baijal direct IAS officers to end their “strike”. They also want him to approve the proposal for door-step delivery of rations.
Kejriwal tweeted from LG office on Wednesday morning, seeking to know whether it was “possible for IAS officers to return to work without green signal from PMO (Prime Minister’s Office)?” “Aren’t IAS officers merely tools being used by Modi govt to scuttle good work being done by Del govt? In another tweet, Kejriwal said their struggle continues to clear “hurdles” in Delhi’s development.
According to the AAP government, officers have not been attending meetings with the ministers and not picking up their calls due to which government work for people was suffering. Officers have gone on a “partial strike” since the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on the intervening night of February 19-20, it said.
On the other hand, the AAP said on Tuesday that an “Emergency-like” situation prevailed in the national capital and sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that he has asked for an appointment with Kovind alongwith party lawmakers and legislators from Delhi and Punjab.
“It’s an Emergency-like situation in Delhi. The entire work of the Delhi government is crippled due to strike by IAS officers for past four months,” Singh said, adding that the Lt Governor was working at the “behest” of the Modi government.