Arvind Kejriwal and three Delhi ministers were seen sitting in couches and working their phones in photos tweeted on Tuesday morning, after they spent the night at the Lieutenant Governor’s Raj Niwas in protest. One of the ministers, Satyendra Jain, has launched an indefinite fast.
The chief minister, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Satyendra Jain had gone to meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal with two demands — an end to a four-month strike by IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers who are protesting against the Kejriwal government in Delhi, and approval for a new doorstep delivery of services scheme.
“People have been saying that Kejriwal has been silent for a year. I think they (Centre) have started to take undue advantage of my silence,” Kejriwal had told reporters at his residence on Monday. Later in the day, after a fiery speech in the Assembly, he left to meet the Lieutenant Governor at Raj Niwas with three demands.
One of the issues pertains to the mistrust between the elected government and the bureaucracy, as the AAP government has been claiming that IAS officers are on “strike” for the last four months. On Monday, Kejriwal accused the L-G, along with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), of being the architect of a bureaucratic rebellion within the Government of NCT.