New Delhi, June 12: Rubbishing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations as “unwarranted and baseless”, the IAS Association said on Tuesday that no officer was on strike. “It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister and the Delhi government ministers are making unwarranted and baseless allegations that IAS officers are on strike,” the IAS Association said in a statement, according to IANS. (Also read: We Will Campaign For BJP if we Get Statehood Before 2019 Elections)

“We wish to reiterate and clarify that no officer/official in Delhi is or has been on strike subsequent to the unfortunate assault of the Chief Secretary on February 19 at the Chief Minister’s residence by the MLAs,” IAS Association secretary Manisha Saxena said. She said while the IAS officers were very “disturbed” and “agitated” by the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, “At no time was work disrupted.” She said had IAS officers been on strike, the Budget could not have been passed and the Budget Session could not have been held.

Saxena clarified that officers were not attending routine meetings called by the Ministers and the Chief Minister since they had ”got no assurance regarding their safety, security, dignity and respect.” In response, Aam Aadmi Party’s spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said IAS officers were afraid of admitting their participation in the strike. “The IAS Association understands it fully well that any form of strike can lead to dismissal from the service. The officers are too scared of losing their jobs,” Bhardwaj added.

Kejriwal had alleged that the IAS officers were on a strike for the past four months and termed it “illegal”. Meanwhile, his strike at LG Secretariat waiting room entered day 2 on Tuesday. Kejriwal has demanded that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal issues a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike”. He has also sought action against the officers who have struck work for “four months”.  (With IANS inputs)