IAS stir: Kejriwal refuses to leave Raj Niwas

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister and three of his cabinet colleagues spent Monday night at Raj Niwas in protest against what they called the inaction by lieutenant governor Anil Baijal in ordering the bureaucrats to end their four-month “strike”.

After meeting the LG, whom they accused of “sponsoring the strike”, the quartet refused to leave till their demands were honoured.

Kejriwal, , Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, who slept on the sofas in the waiting room at Raj Niwas, had asked Baijal to direct that all IAS officers who did not return to work would have proceedings initiated against them and, if necessary, ESMA would be invoked against them.

Baijal, for his part, maintained that while there was no strike, the atmosphere of mistrust between the state government and bureaucracy continued and “no sincere attempts to resolve the differences have been made so far by AAP government”. Baijal also alleged that in a meeting with the Delhi ministers on Monday evening, he was “threatened” by Kejriwal. Baijal said the demand that IAS officer be summoned to Raj Niwas and ordered to end the so-called strike was not desirable because he had already spoken to the bureaucrats in this regard.

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