New Delhi, June 18: With his hunger strike at the Lieutenant Governor office entering the seventh day, Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain was on Sunday rushed to a city hospital as his health deteriorated, according to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Jain was taken to the LNJP Hospital.Also Read - Goa Assembly Elections 2022: Arvind Kejriwal Promises Unemployment Allowance, Job Quota For Locals
Kejriwal confirmed that his colleague has been hospitalised even as the tug-of-war between the AAP government and the LG refused to die down on the seventh day. Also Read - Delhiites Beware! Pay Fine up to Rs 10,000 or Face 6-month Jail if Not Carrying PUC
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Jain and Gopal Rai, have stayed put at the L-G office demanding that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal direct IAS officers to end what the AAP described as their “strike” and approve the doorstep ration delivery scheme. Also Read - Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections: AAP to Contest in All 68 seats In Next Year’s Polls
Jain had gone on strike on Tuesday, and his sugar level had further dipped on Saturday, even as he asserted that the AAP government will continue to fight for people of the city.
Amid the sit-in by the Delhi CM and his ministers, chief ministers of four-non-BJP ruled states urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and solve the crisis.
Meanwhile, LG Anil Baijal refused to die down with IAS officers coming out in public alleging that they have been “targeted and victimised” for political gains.
On Sunday, hundreds of AAP workers hit the streets marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s house in Lok Kalyan Marg. However, the march ended near Parliament Street police station after the police barred vehicles on the road leading to the venue.
Five prime metro stations –Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Janpath– in the heart of Delhi were closed in view of the march.
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Jain, have stayed put at the L-G office demanding that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal direct IAS officers to end what the AAP described as their “strike” and approve doorstep ration delivery scheme.
While the Congress defended its decision to not join other opposition parties in supporting Kejriwal over his standoff with the Delhi L-G, calling the AAP leader’s “dharna in an air-conditioned room” a “drama”, the BJP, the major opposition party in the Delhi Assembly, continued its bashing of AAP and Kejriwal, saying he resorted to a “political stunt” in a bid to form an “anti-BJP, anti-Narendra Modi” front in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The Delhi IAS association asked the Delhi government not to use its officers for “political gains” and rebutted its claim that they were on strike.
It had also said that the AAP dispensation needed to “change its attitude” amid Kejriwal’s standoff with Baijal.
Revenue Secretary Manisha Saxena, along with Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi, South Delhi District Magistrate Amjad Tak and Directorate of Information and Publicity Secretary Jaydev Sarangi held a press conference and said that the IAS officers in Delhi were “working with utmost sincerity and dedication”.
Countering Kejriwal’s allegations, Saxena, a senior member of IAS AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) Association, said that officers were not working at the behest of anyone.
“We are answerable only to the law and the Constitution,” Saxena said, adding that they had been targeted and victimised.
“We would like to inform that we are not on strike,” she said.
In response to the IAS association, Kejriwal later in the night assured them that he would ensure their safety saying they were part of his family, and sought to break the four- month-long impasse between the AAP dispensation and the officers over an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
“The officers are part of my family. I would urge them to stop their boycott of elected government, return to work now and start attending all meetings of Ministers, respond to their calls and messages and join them for field inspections,” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, chief ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to intervene for solving the tussle between the L-G and the AAP government in Delhi, terming it a “constitutional crisis”.
On the sidelines of the NITI Aayog governing council meeting, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, and Karnataka’s H D Kumaraswamy requested Modi to resolve the crisis so the “federal structure of the Constitution is maintained”.
“I along with the Hon’ble CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested Hon’ble PM today to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately (sic),” Banerjee tweeted after meeting Modi.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had said that it was “unfortunate” that the chief ministers of four states allowed themselves to be a part of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo’s “drama”.
(With inputs from agencies)