New Delhi, June 17: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and workers will hold a protest march to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence on Sunday, June 17, to protest against lack of response by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and Centre to the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers, for last one week.
“Delhi is all set to launch a mass protest like the one we did which changed its political picture,” AAP spokesperson Pankaj Gupta told the media here on Saturday. The protest to PM Modi’s residence will begin at 4 PM from Mandi House. “We have tried all we can, but they are not ready to listen,” Gupta added.
The AAP spokesperson also said that not just the AAP leaders, common people will also take part in the march. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of ‘shamelessly’ misusing its powers and institutions, Pankaj Gupta said that they (BJP) are trying to stop Delhi government’s work for its people.
Earlier on Saturday, Delhi CM said that if PM wanted, the strike could get over in a minute. “I have written to the hon’ble Prime Minister and appealed to him that before the Niti Aayog meeting the strike of IAS officers be called off. In case the hon’ble PM wants, the officers’ strike will end within a minute,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Kejriwal and his three cabinet ministers — Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai — began their protest on Monday evening, slept on the couches and turned the ‘dharna’ into a sleepover. “We are ready for any struggle for the rights of the people of Delhi and the development of Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted.
The Delhi CM has accused the IAS officers of “only working on important files” and “not responding to Ministers’ calls and messages, and not attending our meetings”. “People of Delhi are suffering, the work planned for Delhi by the government is suffering. He (LG) asked us to seek permission from the Centre. We all know what does it mean. The file will go and will remain there for five years,” he said.
Denying the allegations, the IAS officers have maintained that they were not on strike.
Four CMs express solidarity with Arvind Kejriwal
A day before the Niti Aayog meeting, four non-BJP Chief Ministers extended their support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sit-in protest at Lt. Governor’s office, saying there is a “constitutional crisis” in the state and they will urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to solve the issue at the earliest.
The Chief Ministers – West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka’s H.D. Kumaraswamy and Andhra Pradesh’s N. Chandrababu Naidu – also accused the Central government of “restricting the federal system”, terming it a threat to the nation.
They also said they were denied permission to meet Kejriwal and the Lt Governor Anil Baijal even after having waited for long, asking how was it possible in a “democracy”.
With agency inputs