New Delhi, June 18: The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Manoj Tiwari on Monday slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his absence from his office for a week and said that it should be decided now if he is “even fit to hold the CM office”. Speaking to ANI, after meeting BJP leaders at the Delhi Secretariat, Tiwari said, “Delhi CM is an elected representative, he has not been present at his office for some days now. It should be decided now if he is even fit to hold the CM office.”Also Read - BJP MLA Nimaben Acharya Becomes First Woman Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
Tiwari had earlier lashed out at Delhi CM for his sit-in protest at the L-G office saying that he was making a “mockery of democracy”. Tiwari tweeted, “Making mockery of Democracy, No Work only Drama (sic).” Tiwari was not the only one who slammed Kejriwal for his ‘dharna’ at the L-G office. Catch live news updates of Delhi CM sit-in protest here. Also Read - BJP Demands Imposition of Section 144 in Bhawanipore After Dilip Ghosh Manhandled; EC Seeks Report | Key Updates
The leader of opposition in the assembly, Vijender Gupta, called Kejriwal’s sit-in a way to “shirk work” and said, “Delhi’s maalik Kejriwal and company are protesting inside an air-conditioned room. Delicacies are being served to them from outside while the city’s reeling under a water crisis. They are only concerned about politics and not about people’s issues.” Also Read - Delhi Liquor Shops To Remain Shut For 45 Days Staring October 1| Full Details Inside
Arvind Kejriwal and three of his Ministers — Manish Sisodia, Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai — have been camping in the Raj Niwas since June 11 demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike and the Centre to approve the Delhi government’s proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.
Kejriwal and the cabinet ministers accusing the IAS officers of “only working on important files”, “not responding to Ministers’ calls and messages, and not attending the meetings”.
“We are ready for any struggle for the rights of the people of Delhi and the development of Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted. “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.
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.
The issue has evoked sympathy for Kejriwal from the Chief Ministers of Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as well as leaders of the CPI, CPI-M, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Shiv Sena, which is a BJP ally.