New Delhi, June 19: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, June 19, ended their sit-in or ‘dharna’ in the Raj Niwas called against the alleged strike of IAS officers in Delhi. Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai had been camping at the L-G Anil Baijal’s residence since June 11 demanding a direction to the IAS officers, working in the Delhi administration, to end their alleged undeclared strike and come back to work.
Announcing Delhi CM’s decision to call off the nine-day strike, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the IAS officers have also decided to come back to work after the LG’s intervention. “The Lieutenant General neither met nor did he give any reply despite our continuous calls and messages. This has happened for the first time in the history. Even the Britishers didn’t behave the way LG behaved today,” he said.
Accusing LG of not speaking to the AAP ministers on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Deputy CM said that this is being done to take revenge of BJP’s loss in Delhi.
The development came hours after Delhi LG wrote to CM Arvind Kejriwal and requested him to urgently meet the IAS officers in the Secretariat so that apprehensions and concerns of both sides can be suitably addressed through dialogue in the best interest of the people of Delhi, a Raj Niwas press release said.
Earlier on Sunday, Kejriwal had guaranteed the IAS officers’ “safety” by calling them his family. The IAS officers’ association welcomed the appeal on Monday and said they were open to discussion. “We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication and vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security and dignity. We are open to formal discussions with the CM on this matter,” the association said in a statement.
On Saturday, Delhi CM had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not paying any heed to their demands saying 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 said.