Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal refuses to leave L-G’s office, AAP minister starts hunger strike

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.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday continued his sit-in protest at lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s office along with three senior cabinet ministers and said he would stay put until the government’s demands were met. The state home minister Satyendar Jain, who is also accompanying Kejriwal, went a step further and announced that he had started an indefinite hunger strike to protest against Baijal’s “inaction”. Kejriwal, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, Jain and developement minister Gopal Rai, who had gone to speak to the L-G on Monday evening, never left the building after the meeting.

They spent Monday night on sofas in the waiting room — food was sent for them from their homes and they used the facilities down the corridor from the waiting room — and said on Tuesday evening that they had no intention of budging. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the bureaucracy have been at loggerheads since an alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash at Kejriwal’s residence on February 19. Government, denies that Prakash was targeted, has claimed that bureaucrats have been skipping meetings with ministers and working only through written communication since the incident.

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