Vinit Wahi / NEW DELHI
The Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal , who continues his sit-in protest at Raj Niwas premises asking Lt Governor to appeal to IAS officers to end their strike, wrote to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “Delhi facing unprecedented situation. Request you to get IAS officers to end strike.”
Kejriwal cited instances when the government work was stuck as officers have not been attending meetings with ministers for the past three months.
He said no meeting has taken place between IAS officers and ministers for three months to address the issue of air pollution, even as toxic pollutants in the air reached dangerous levels over the past three days.
“Due to strike, several works are being affected. As LG is doing nothing to end IAS officers’ strike, Delhi government and the people of Delhi request you (PM) with folded hands to get the strike called off immediately so that works of Delhi can resume,” Kejriwal said in the letter.
He said the cleaning of drains should start before monsoon, but officers have not been attending meetings due to which work is suffering. Due to the strike, setting up of new mohalla clinics and poly clinics has come to a halt, he said.
“Pollution is the biggest problem in Delhi. Earlier, there was a review and planning meeting in every 15 days on the issue, but due to strike, there has been no such meeting in the last three months,” the Chief Minister alleged.
Separately in a tweet, Kejriwal alleged that the LG office did not allow his brother to meet him. “My brother came to meet me from Pune. He was not allowed to meet me. This is wrong.” In the morning, a team of doctors conducted a health check-up of Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain at the LG office, who are on indefinite hunger strike to press for their demands.
As the protest by him and three of his cabinet colleagues entered its third day today, several regional parties including TMC have backed it. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee urged the Centre to resolve the issue immediately. The RJD leader Manoj Jha who met senior AAP leaders, has backed Kejriwal’s demand for full statehood to Delhi.
However, the Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken says the AAP government was running away from its responsibilities even as Delhi was faced with water and power crisis as alarming pollution levels of late.
The BJP leader in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta also accused Kejriwal of shifting the blame every time on the Central government for his own failures.