Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, IAS officers move to resolve stand-off as strike at L-G’s office continues

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on June 18, 2018. Sisodia was on a hunger strike at Lt Governor's office.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Stand-off between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal appeared to be headed for a resolution after eight days of heightened political drama in the national Capital with deputy CM Manish Sisodia calling for a meeting between “all stakeholders” to end the impasse. Sisodia, who was holed up in the L-G’s office in a sit-in protest since last Monday along with Kejriwal, PWD minister Satyendar Jain and labour minister Gopal Rai, had to be rushed to hospital on Monday due to a rise in toxin levels in his blood after six days of being on hunger strike.

Leaving only Kejriwal and Rai in the L-G’s office, from where they have refused to budge until the state bureaucracy ends a “strike”, and for which they were slammed by the Delhi high court on Monday. The court, while hearing a petition by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, expressed disapproval of the protest at the L-G’s office and asked who had authorized Kejriwal and his colleagues to stage a sit-in at the venue. Sisodia, who was in hospital by then, wrote to the L-G that in light of the IAS association’s statement, a meeting be convened in which all stakeholders participate.

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