New Delhi: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene to end the impasse between the AAP-led Delhi government and lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and urge officials to end their strike.
“Due to strike, several works are being affected. As L-G is doing nothing to end IAS officers’ strike, the Delhi government and the people of Delhi request you (PM) with folded hands to get the strike called off immediately so that works of Delhi can resume," Kejriwal said in his letter to the prime minister, even as the standoff between the L-G and AAP entered the fourth day.
The protest comes at a time when Delhi is facing a pollution crisis. Kejriwal said that pollution review meetings have suffered because of the strike by officials.
Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and cabinet ministers Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain have been staging a protest at the L-G’s office since Monday evening. Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain on Thursday continued their indefinite fast in support of their demands. The government has demanded that officials who have been on strike for four months be asked to return to work. It has also demanded that the L-G give his approval to the scheme for doorstep delivery of foodgrains.
As AAP continued its protest at the L-G’s office, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intensified their protest at the Delhi secretariat.
The protest by AAP drew the support of leaders of various opposition parties, including Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan, who launched his own political party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) earlier this year, and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.
“The BJP central government is using the office of the LG to obstruct the elected state government in Delhi in the discharge of its constitutional duties. This is despicable. The Centre must abandon this course of confrontation right away," Yechury said.
PTI contributed to this story.