Amid the raging battle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over IAS officers’ “nearly four-month-old strike” in Delhi, thousands of activists of the ruling AAP marched on Wednesday to the LG’s office where Chief Minister Kejriwal and his three senior cabinet colleagues have been on an indefinite sit-in protest since Monday evening.
Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from the BJP recently, also joined the AAP’s rally outside CM Kejriwal’s Civil Lines residence here this afternoon before the AAP leaders and workers started their protest march towards the LG’s office.
Addressing the rally, Sinha reportedly expressed solidarity with Kejriwal and the AAP in their “struggle”.
If ex-prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee were PM today, he would have directed the Union home minister to find a solution to the Delhi crisis, but the present dispensation was “sleeping”, Sinha charged.
He said the entire country was concerned with the crisis gripping Delhi, adding “It would be better for the country if a solution to the crisis in Delhi is found at the earliest.”
The sit-in by Kejriwal and his Ministers at Raj Niwas’ waiting room over their demands entered the third day on Wednesday, with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia joining Health Minister Satyendra Jain in an indefinite hunger strike there from this morning.
Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain, and Gopal Rai had gone to meet LG Baijal at 5.30 pm on Monday to press for their three demands ~ a direction to Delhi’s IAS officers to end their “nearly four-month-old strike”, action against officers who have been on such a strike, and approval of doorstep delivery of rations.