Several ambulances drove inside the residence of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday afternoon leading to speculations that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his three ministers, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai will be forcibly removed from the premises.
Reacting to the news of the ambulances moving in, Kejriwal tweeted, “Why r they planning to take them forcefully? It is just 4 days. Both of them r fit. They r fighting for the people of Delhi.”
This was after a team of doctors on Thursday conducted a health check-up of Kejriwal’s deputy Sisodia and Health Minister Jain at the L-G office, who are on an indefinite hunger strike to press for their demands.
Today is the fifth straight day of the protest by Kejriwal and his ministers demanding the LG’s intervention in ending the strike by civil servants, who have refused to report to work for nearly three months now.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Friday wrote a fresh letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to end the IAS officers’ “strike” even as he hit out at his detractors, saying the sit-in was “not for personal gains” but for the greater good of the people of Delhi.
Kejriwal, in a video message today on the fifth day of the sit-in, said that he and his ministers are holding a sit in protest at the L-G office here, he also attacked the BJP, alleging that the bureaucrats’ strike was to “throw roadblocks” in the working of the AAP government.
“I have told the LG and the (deputy chief minister) Manish Sisodia wrote a letter to him (Anil Baijal) yesterday and even sent a message on WhatsApp. But, there has been no response from his side. We got no response to the letter I wrote to the PM too. So, today again I wrote to the prime minister,” he said.
.@ArvindKejriwal announces AAP’s big door to door campaign from Monday.
Says, “We will launch a door to door signature campaign from Monday with an aim to collect 10 lakh signatures to call off the strike.”
Do watch full video. pic.twitter.com/PXnSl3tyEX
— Ankit Lal (@AnkitLal) June 15, 2018
The latest letter by Kejriwal was in response to an invite to attend a meeting of NITI Aayog on Sunday, reported PTI. “I have asked the PM, if in his meetings officers don’t show up, will he be able to run the government for a day? Then why have you allowed the strike of officers in Delhi. It is not good to bother people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal hoped that the prime minister will ensure that the “strike” ends. “If not, then after Sunday we will go to every household. Our workers will reach out to 10 lakh households in the city and collect signatures on a letter on this obstruction to Delhi government work and on the issue of full statehood to Delhi. These 10 lakh families will then agitate for full statehood and against this strike of IAS officers,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also taunted PM Modi asking how he will function if his personal secretary Nripendra Misra or National Security Advisor Ajit Doval refused to turn up at work.
He asked, “PM Sir, suppose Hansmukh Adhia, Nripendra Mishra, Pradeep Sinha, R N Choubey, Sushil Kr come to their office everyday but stop attending all the meetings called by u and they say that they r not on strike- will u be able to work?”
Among those who have extended their support to Kejriwal are Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and veteran actor Kamal Haasan.