New Delhi, June 16: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to the micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday to hit out at the Centre and LG for allegedly trying to break the indefinite fast of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and health minister Satyendra Jain. He tweeted, “Why r are they planning to take them forcefully? It is just 4 days. Both of them r fit. They r fighting for the people of Delhi.”
On Friday, ambulances and a team of over 20 doctors reached the LG office as Jain and Sisodia’s indefinite fast entered the fourth and third day respectively. Additional force has also been deployed in the area. According to informed sources, the LG office was planning to take them out of the office forcefully.
Later Sisodia also released a video saying they are not going to end the fast until their demands are met. “We are sitting inside the LG Office from the past five days. Jainji is on a hunger strike from the past four days and I am from the past three days,” Sisodia said in the video. “We are totally fit, our body is totally fine.”
Sisodia said, “We have been informed that a number of doctors were called here and there is a plan to pick us up forcefully”. He also warned the LG and the Prime Minister against doing any such thing, saying they will also stop taking water if taken away forcefully.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the matter. “The IAS officers in Delhi have been on strike for the last three months and this had badly affected several (administrative) works. In order to get this strike ended, my three ministers and I have been camping in the Lt Governor office for the last five days, but your Lt Governor is not taking any action”, Kejriwal wrote in the letter.
Kejriwal, along with Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas — the official accommodation-cum-office of Lt Governor Anil Baijal — since Monday evening.
They have been demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike, action against officers who have struck work and approval to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration to the poor.
Many regional political parties have expressed their support to Arvind Kejriwal and nd accused the BJP-led central government of creating problems in the work of the AAP government.
Sheila Dikshit Terms Protests Shameful
Holding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the “stalemate” in the national capital, his Congress predecessor Sheila Dikshit advised him to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand full statehood instead of protesting. She also accused Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of protesting to hide their failures on real issues.
The Congress termed the sit-in protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers outside Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office as ‘dharna tamasha’.