New Delhi, June 16: Extending support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s house since June 11, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and solve the matter. “We will tell the PM to intervene in this matter and solve it. Had the President been here, we would have told him too. This is a democracy and that is how a democracy functions,” Banerjee said, while addressing a press conference.
Calling the situation a constitutional crisis, the West Bengal said,”There should never be such crisis due to which a govt and the common people have to suffer.
Furthermore she stated,”I wanted to meet Delhi CM but I was told, verbally and not even written, that permission will not be granted. Then four of us wrote to LG for appointment but we were told that he (LG) is not even there. We waited so long but we were not allowed.”
“There are 2 Crore people in Delhi. The work has been disrupted since four months, there can be nothing more unfortunate than this. LG is the appointed leader, if not he then to whom will one to go to seek time and talk,” Banerjee added.
Her reaction came an hour after Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal denied her permission to meet Arvind Kejriwal. She was accompanied by Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy. The four CMs had written to L-G Anil Baijal, seeking a meeting with the Kejriwal. However, the Lt. Governor turned down their request.
Hitting out at LG for not granting permission to them, Kejriwal had said,” I don’t think LG can take such a decision on his own. Obviously, PMO has directed him to refuse permission. Just like IAS strike is being done at PMO’s instance. We live in a democracy. Can PM deny CMs of other states to meet CM of another state? Raj Niwas is no one’s personal property. It belongs to the people of India.”
Following the denial, the leaders reportedly met at Andhra Bhawan and discussed a strategy to extend support to the protesting CM.
Notably, the Chief Ministers are in Delhi to attend a meeting of Niti Aayog, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, is camping at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike. He also wants the central government to approve his government’s proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.