- Arvind Kejriwal, ministers on sit-in protest at Delhi Lt Governor's home
- Want him to act on bureaucrats' strike, say won't leave till demands met
- Arvind Kejriwal says he also needs to clear doorstep delivery of services
A communique from the office of Mr Baijal, who met the delegation early in the evening, accused the Chief Minister of "threatening" him.
Denying any strike or suspension of work by IAS officers, the Lieutenant Governor's office has pointed to the "atmosphere of mistrust and fear" that continues since the alleged attack on Delhi's chief secretary in February.
The impression from interaction with the officers is that "no sincere efforts have been made to assure the officers that their respect and dignity will be protected and they will not be intimidated, physically or verbally assaulted and threatened," the Lieutenant Governor said. His advice to build an atmosphere of trust has been disregarded, the communique said.
Mr Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia tweeted their response.
Many officers have told us that they have been threatened by Raj Niwas of dire consequences if they withdrew their strike. LG promoting active rebellion against elected govt at PMO's instance. People of Del will not tolerate this. https://t.co/9O2vEhMZTp— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 11, 2018
Press release issued by Hon @LtGovDelhi is clear evidence that he is the mastermind behind the IAS officer strike in Delhi for last 3 months, which has never happened in independent India.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 11, 2018
Mr Kejriwal and his party, which accuses the Governor of being the Centre's agent, has started a campaign for full statehood for Delhi -- its big slogan "L-G, Delhi Chhodo (Lieutenant Governor, Quit Delhi)". The Centre claims since because Delhi is not a state, the Lieutenant Governor has special powers and has to sign off on the government's decisions. Mr Kejriwal and his party contends that it allows the Narendra Modi government to interfere in the governance of Delhi.
Mr Kejriwal claims the IAS officers of Delhi have been on an "illegal strike" for the last four months. "As per law, the IAS cannot go on strike. There is no reason for the strike, they don't have any demand," news agency IANS has quoted him as saying. He also said the officials have told him that they have been under "pressure from the LG's office" not to work.
The Chief Minister also said in March that the Lieutenant Governor has turned down the government's proposal to provide weekly rations to beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System.
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