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Sisodia stokes AAP fire as face-off with L-G rages on

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Sisodia stokes AAP fire as face-off with L-G rages on

With no side willing to blink, the logjam involving the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal continued for the third day on Wednesday. Raising the pitch for AAP Government’s key demands, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal reiterating the demands for which he, along with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Cabinet Ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, started their sit-in protest at the L-G office on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sisodia on Wednesday joined Health Minister Satyendar Jain in his “indefinite hunger strike” at L-G’s office, where they have been camping for two nights. The AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, are demanding that Baijal should direct IAS officers to end their “strike”. They want him to approve the proposal for door-step delivery of rations.

“It is the first time in the history that the IAS officers are on strike. It has been more than three months. The work is being affected. Only you or Prime Minister can end this strike. You requested us to give you 2-3 days to act on our demands on Monday. We have been waiting for the past 3 days in your office. I am expecting that you must have taken some concrete steps during this time. The people of Delhi are waiting for your answer,” the Deputy Chief Minister wrote in his letter to the L-G.

Sisodia also mentioned in his letter that he has joined his ministerial colleague Satyendar Jain in his indefinite hunger strike and it will continue till their demands are met.

Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain and Gopal Rai are on a sit-in protest in the Raj Niwas, the official accommodation-cum-office of the L-G. The sit-in was triggered by the face-off between IAS officials and the AAP Government since the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

It may be recalled that the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was assaulted by two AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on January 20 of this year.

Following this, IAS officers in Delhi were not attending routine meetings called by the Ministers and the Chief Minister as “they (the Ministers) have failed to give any assurance till date regarding safety, security, dignity and respect to the officers including women officers,” IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena had said.

While the Delhi Government is accusing the IAS officers of being on strike, the IAS officers’ association has maintained that the officers are doing their work and “no officer is on strike”.



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