AAP leaders lay siege to L-­G office, refuse to leave till demands are met

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Satyendra Kumar Jain and Gopal Rai during a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence, in New Delhi on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Neighbourhood News Desk: A meeting between Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and the Cabinet of the Delhi government turned into high political drama on Monday evening after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues refused to leave the L-G office until their demands were met. AAP leaders were inside the L-G office till midnight. Kejriwal went to meet Baijal to discuss the issue of bureaucrats not attending meetings with his ministers and the scheme for the doorstep delivery of ration.

The chief minister, along with his deputy Manish Sisodia and two other ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, met the L-G and handed him a letter. After handing over the letter, Kejriwal and his colleagues decided to stay put at Baijal’s office until he conceded to pass an order terming the “strike” by bureaucrats “illegal” and took action against them. AAP government and the bureaucracy have been at loggerheads since the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash at Kejriwal’s residence in February. Since then, bureaucrats have been skipping meetings with ministers and have only been working through written communication.

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