AAP sit-in at LG office over IAS 'strike'

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is on an indefinite sit-in with three ministers at lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal's office since Monday evening to protest what the AAP claimed was a "strike" by IAS officers.

The sit-in began at 5.30pm on Monday, soon after the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment for full statehood for Delhi.

The AAP government has three demands: that the LG direct the IAS officers to "return to work", punishment for "the IAS officers who have not been working for the past four months" and approval of a scheme for doorstep delivery of rations.

IAS officers have largely been keeping away from meetings with ministers, and communicating through letters instead, after AAP legislators allegedly assaulted chief secretary Anshu Prakash in the chief minister's presence in February. Government work, however, has continued with even the budget being passed.

At 11am on Tuesday, Satyendar Jain - one of the minister accompanying Kejriwal - began the indefinite strike inside the LG's office.

In a video message, Kejriwal said: "We are not sitting here for ourselves. We are sitting here for you (Delhiites) and for schools, water and mohalla (neighbourhood) clinics."

The LG and the IAS officers have denied a strike.


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