AAP's Sit-in Protest in Delhi
As Arvind Kejriwal and three of his cabinet colleagues’ sit-in protest at Delhi Lieutenant Governors (L-G) Anil Baijal’s residence-cum-office for five days. Referring to his letter to the prime minister, Kejriwal has said that he has not replied to his request to intervene yet.
Earlier in the day, CM Kejriwal wrote a fresh letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to end the IAS officers’ “strike” even as he hit out at his detractors, saying the sit-in was “not for personal gains” but for the greater good of the people of Delhi. In a video message, the AAP convener also launched a scathing attack on the BJP, alleging the bureaucrats’ strike was to “throw roadblocks” in the working of the AAP government.
Delhi faces the heat
Delhi government's protest has come at a time when there has been a steep rise in respiratory ailments owing to choking air pollution, large parts of the city reel under a water crisis and power outages in several areas have added to people's woes. Reports say that the day-to-day work in departments including education, health, power, water, PWD, and finance have come to a standstill.
On Thursday, Delhi's air pollution remained "severe" for the third consecutive day with the PM10 level being three times above normal.
Why is AAP protesting?
AAP government wants L-G Anil Baijal to fulfill a trio of demands: First, end the IAS officers' 'strike'. Second, take "exemplary" action against officers who've "stalled work". Third, approve doorstep delivery of rations.
His two ministers Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia are also sitting on an indefinite hunger strike.
Meanwhile, BJP has also launched a counter-protest at the CM's office as the BJP MLA Vijender Gupta (the leader of the Opposition in the Delhi assembly) and rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra slept in the Delhi secretariat, where Kejriwal's office is located.
The sit-in by Kejriwal and his ministers attracted support from a host of leaders from various political parties who attacked the BJP-led government at the Centre.