"Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office. BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence. Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences. PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos & disorder. People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out," tweets Rahul Gandhi:
Delhi CM, sitting in Dharna at LG office.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 18, 2018
BJP sitting in Dharna at CM residence.
Delhi bureaucrats addressing press conferences.
PM turns a blind eye to the anarchy; rather nudges chaos & disorder.
People of Delhi are the victims, as this drama plays out.
Manish Sisodia tweets from the hospital replying to the IAS officers' association saying, "Thats precisely why we have been sitting at Raj Niwas for so many days requesting Hon’ble LG to call all stakeholders and end this impasse. Happy for discussions with our officers. Del govt committed to provide them safe n secure environment. However, LG is head of both “services” and “security”. So, meeting shud take place in his presence so that assurances related to those subjects cud be given (sic)."
Thats precisely why we have been sitting at Raj Niwas for so many days requesting Hon’ble LG to call all stakeholders and end this impasse. https://t.co/ozgaEMqKM8— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 18, 2018
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called up Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and apprised him about the situation in the national capital. Media advisor to Thackeray, Harshal Pradhan, said Kejriwal called Thackeray yesterday. "Uddhav ji feels that the duly-elected government by people of Delhi should be allowed to function sans any hindrance in its working," he said. "This, however, does not amount to the Shiv Sena, a key NDA constituent, supporting Kejriwal and the AAP," Pradhan said, dismissing media reports in this connection. Today, the AAP thanked the Shiv Sena and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for supporting it against the "unprecedented murder of democracy" in Delhi. "It is a true statesmanship to stand up for democracy keeping aside differences," AAP spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon said.
A day after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached out to the IAS officers, calling them "family", the IAS officers' association has responded to the statement by welcoming it and tweeted, "Officers of GNTCD welcome Honourable CM's appeal. We reiterate that we continue to be at work with full dedication and vigour. We look forward to concrete interventions for our security and dignity. We are open to formal discussions with Honourable CM on this matter."
Reportedly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's health has deteriorated on the sixth day of his indefinite fast. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal retweeted a tweet which stated that Sisodia's "ketone level is at highest 7.4".
Dy CM Manish Sisodia's health deteriorates on 6th day of Indefinite Strike, His Ketone level in Blood noted at highest 7.4, Health Minister Satyendra Jain already admitted in hospital after 7 days of Indefinite fast. pic.twitter.com/5iehYktABS— ASHUTOSH MISHRA (@ashu3page) June 18, 2018
"The type of movement Arvind Kejriwal has started is a unique one. Uddhav Thackeray had a conversation with him and said that Kejriwal has the right to work for Delhi," says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut.
The type of movement Arvind Kejriwal has started is a unique one. Uddhav Thackeray had a conversation with him & said that Kejriwal has the right to work for Delhi because they are the elected govt. Whatever is happening to them, it's not good for democracy:Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena pic.twitter.com/HicE0nSDI5— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2018
"AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will take a decision on joint opposition deputy speaker support. But Congress should answer. They are hand in glove with the BJP and history will remember that they did not stand in support of democracy," says AAP's Sanjay Sinha, replying to CNN-News18's question.
"We have shared over 50 letters about IAS officers skipping meetings. They themselves have admitted they skip meetings. If this isn't a strike, what is it? If IAS officers and L-G give a statement that they will start attending meetings, we will end the dharna. We have tried everything — from writing letters, appealing them in vidhan Sabha and sitting on a dharna," says Sanjay Singh.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself has written to IAS officers yesterday, calling them family and assured them of their safety. But if IAS officers continue their strike, people of Delhi will not stay quiet as the national capital is already reeling under water scarcity and pollution," said AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh.
"We stand by our colleagues in Delhi and demand safety and security of all IAS officers and Government officials," tweets IAS Association.
We stand by our colleagues in Delhi and demand safety and security of all IAS officers and Government officials. Threats and physical violence have no place in a civilised society. pic.twitter.com/W20fCS3WFS— IAS Association (@IASassociation) June 18, 2018
Delhi government lawyer says that IAS officers in yesterday’s press briefing have accepted that they are not attending meetings called upon by the ministers. "They are sitting INSIDE the LG’s Office. That is where the dharna is being held. How can you say it’s not at his office?," asks Delhi high court. Effectively, HC gives them more time to sort it out by themselves. Court has not issued any direction and notice to anyone IAS association has made the party in the matter. Earlier L-G Counsel (Aman Lekhi) said, "IAS comes under us. But the court made IAS association a separate party.
The condition of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who was hospitalised late last night, is stable, a senior doctor today said. Jain, who had been on an indefinite hunger strike at the Lieutenant Governor office for nearly a week, was rushed to the LNJP Hospital after his health deteriorated. His Ketones level in urine was found high yesterday. "After hospitaliztion, his condition is stable," Medical Suprientenden of LNJP, J C Passey, said. Last night, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal confirmed that his colleague has been hospitalised. "Satyender Jain shifted to hospital due to his deteriorating health (sic)," he tweeted. Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Jain and Gopal Rai, have stayed put at the L-G office demanding that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal direct IAS officers to end what the AAP described as their "strike" and approve doorstep ration delivery scheme.
BJP MLA Vijender Gupta approaches Delhi High Court seeking an order to CM Arvind Kejriwal to end his strike.
Delhi Govt Lawyer: IAS officers yesterday accepted they are not attending meetings called by ministers— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2018
Delhi High Court: Thing is that you’re sitting on a dharna. Who authorized them to sit on a dharna like this?
Lawyer: It’s an individual decision.
Delhi HC: Is it authorized?
Is Delhi chief minister on strike or dharna, asks Delhi high court. Petitioner Hari Nath says that he can't tell if he is on dharna. “There is no specific definition of the word ‘dharna’ in legal terms,” he says. To this, the Delhi government lawyer says that it's neither a strike nor dharna. "The CM went to meet L-G Anil Baijal. Since he didn't meet, the CM was left with no other choice," the lawyer says.
The Delhi High Court will today hear a plea seeking direction to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) to ensure that the alleged 'informal strike' by IAS officers of Delhi was called off and they perform their duties as public servants. The petition comes in the backdrop of another plea filed yesterday in the court seeking that the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues at the LG office against the "strike" by the IAS officers be declared unconstitutional and illegal. This plea against Kejriwal's sit-in was also listed for hearing for June 18.
In the wake of "Arvind Kejriwal's failure to provide water" to residents of Delhi and against his "decision to sit on a hunger strike for political gains", a petition has been filed in Delhi high court, says BJP leader Vijendra Gupta.
मुख्यमंत्री @ArvindKejriwal का दिल्ली को पानी ना देने और राजनीतिक फ़ायदे के लिये ग़ैर क़ानूनी हड़ताल पर जाने के विरूद्ध आज दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय मे एक जनहित याचिका दायर कर रहे है।@p_sahibsingh @KapilMishra_IND @mssirsa— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) June 18, 2018
Meanwhile, the BJP is on a hunger strike against the AAP government since four days.
Day 4 of Hunger Strike— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) June 18, 2018
वज़न कम हो गया है
मनोबल और बढ़ गया है
शारीरिक तौर से कमज़ोर हो गये हैं
मानसिक रूप से और मज़बूत!
हम @ArvindKejriwal का ग़रूर तोड़ेंगे
और दिल्ली को पानी दिलवा कर रहेंगें!!@p_sahibsingh @KapilMishra_IND @Gupta_vijender pic.twitter.com/Ei5fW41vPF
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday slammed Arvind Kejriwal, saying that when it comes to doing tasks, he is "zero", but when you talk of protests, he is a "hero".
'Karne mein zero, dharne mein hero, Karna kuch nahi dharna sab kuch' This is their mindset, it is destroying the trust people of Delhi had put in them: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,Union Minister on AAP protests. pic.twitter.com/jRIdyPYsh0— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2018
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The IAS officers' association said they were worried about verbal assaults, threats, intimidation and attack on their dignity, respect.