Nine days of Delhi dharna: a recap

Sit-in continues, AAP fears attempt to break the protest

AAP leaders with packets of ration during a protest on Friday over the issue of home delivery of ration not being implemented in Delhi.

AAP leaders with packets of ration during a protest on Friday over the issue of home delivery of ration not being implemented in Delhi.  

Police, doctors deployed at Lt. Governor’s house

With the Centre deploying more police personnel near the Lt. Governor’s house, the AAP on Friday voiced fears of attempts to break the four-day-old sit-in strike by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has threatened to intensify the agitation.

The presence of an ambulance along with a team of over 20 doctors added to panic in the AAP camp, which deputed its General Secretary Sanjay Singh to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a bid to sort out the issue.

After the meeting, Mr. Sanjay Singh claimed that the Centre had agreed to take up the current situation in Delhi with Lt. Governor Anil Baijal and find a solution to the row over governance.

Rajnath Singh is likely to meet the Prime Minister to discuss the situation even as Kejriwal wrote to Modi seeking his intervention.

“The IAS officers in Delhi have been on strike for the last three months and this had badly affected several (administrative) works. To get this strike ended, my three ministers and I have been camping in the Lt Governor office for the last five days, but your Lt. Governor is not taking any action”, Mr. Kejriwal wrote in the letter.

He said since the IAS officers in the Delhi administration are directly under the Central government’s control, he had written to the Prime Minister on Thursday also over the issue but got no response.

“The issues to be discussed in the NITI Aayog meet scheduled on June 17 will have to be executed by these IAS officers only... These IAS officers have been barred (by the Centre) to come to meetings called by Delhi Ministers. Tell me, will you be able to do any work if IAS officers stop coming to the meetings called by you?” Mr. Kejriwal said.

“I hope the IAS officers’ strike will be ended before June 17 so that I can attend the NITI Aayog meet that day,” he added.

Mr. Kejriwal, along with Mr. Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas since Monday evening.

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