AAP Stages Protest From CM’s Office to LG’s Residence

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New Delhi:With chief minister ArvindKejriwal continuing his protest at L-G Anil Baijal’s office, AAP leaders staged a protest march from the CM’s residence to the L-G’s office. The AAP leaders collected supporters from across Delhi’’s 70 Assembly constituencies.

Delhi’s administration has come to a grinding halt in the midst of a standoff between the government and the bureaucracy, and the AamAadmi Party (AAP) and the BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP), which is playing out at the lieutenant-governor’s office, the state secretariat and on the streets of the national Capital.

The BJP staged a counter-protest by laying siege to Kejriwal’s office at the secretariat, demanding that the chief minister and four Cabinet ministers end his “dharna politics”. At the same time, bureaucrats continued with their own three-month-long protest, in which they are slowing down work and avoiding meetings with ministers after chief secretary AnshuPrakash was allegedly assualted at Kejriwal’s residence in February.

In the middle of these dharnas and protests, which have left no time for administration, residents from several areas reported facing hardships, including up to eight-hour-long power outages in Uttam Nagar, Jungpura and Dwarka, and continued water shortage in outer Delhi over a dispute with Haryana. Officials in the CM office said that the weekly cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday had still not taken place. It was first moved to Wednesday and has now been postponed indefinitely. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Cabinet meetings hadn’t taken place for two weeks over some issue or the other.

Delhi has a total of seven ministers. Four of them -- Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, public works department (PWD) minister Satyendar Jain and development minister GopalRai -- have been camped at Raj Niwas since Monday.

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