New Delhi: As Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal continues his protest at L-G’s House and blames him for protest by IAS officers in the capital, rebel AAP leader Kapil Mishra says the CM is lying that L-G Anil Baijal is not giving him time.
In a video released on Tuesday, Mishra said that Baijal and Kejriwal met from 5.30pm to 6pm on Monday but after the meeting, instead of leaving Raj Niwas, Kejriwal sat in the drawing room to protest. He said, after this step, people will fear giving an appointment to the Delhi chief minister.
He also alleged that the door-step-delivery file, which the CM is demanding be cleared by the L-G, is with Delhi minister Imran Hussain for the past three months, so, how will Baijal clear it.
The third point that Mishra highlighted in the video is that the IAS officers in Delhi are not on strike. He said that they are working everyday from morning to night, attending Cabinet meetings and Vidhan Sabha sessions. The only thing that they are not doing is meeting ministers because they want Kejriwal to apologise for chief secretary Anshu Prakash’s assault incident.
He said if the CM can apologise to Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari then for the people of Delhi, he should apologise to the chief secretary also.
Kejriwal and three Delhi ministers – Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain – have been camping in the L-G’s House, Raj Niwas, since Monday evening.
A tweet at 11pm on Monday night, showed the four leaders settling down for a sleepover; Kejriwal and Satyendra Jain took the couch while the others had their feet up on a glass tabletop.
Lawmakers and workers of Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also camped near the Lt Governor’s office, which was barricaded by the police. In the morning, they were cleared out, and paramilitary personnel called in. All access to the Raj Niwas has been blocked.
Baijal’s office put out a statement ripping into the Chief Minister for a “dharna without reason” and accusing him of “threatening” the Lt Governor.
On Monday morning, the four protesters sent a letter to Baijal, saying if the IAS officers did not end their “strike”, the Delhi government would be forced to turn to a law that punishes those who disrupt essential services.
Mishra’s video comes a day after he filed a lawsuit against the CM for not attending Assembly sessions and addressing the water crisis in Delhi.
He had also released a video on Friday warning Kejriwal to start attending Vidhan Sabha sessions or face him in the high court.