Published On: Tue, Jun 19th, 2018

Delhi deadlock ends, Kejriwal finally quits Raj Niwas

New Delhi: An unprecedented political deadlock in Delhi ended on Tuesday as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ended his nine-day-long sit-in at the Raj Niwas after IAS officials he alleged were on strike resumed attending his government’s meetings.

Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague Gopal Rai left the waiting area where they had been camping since June 11

Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague Gopal Rai left the waiting area where they had been camping since June 11 as part of a novel protest that elicited support from several political parties including BJP allies Shiv Sena and Janata Dal-United.

On reaching home, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told party activists to keep agitating for full statehood for Delhi, the lack of which he underlined was the root cause of problems related to governance in the national capital.

Kejriwal walked out of Baijal’s office-cum-residence after IAS officers resumed attending the meetings called by the Delhi government.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the IAS officers attended the meetings on Tuesday called by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, Social Welfare Minister Rajinder Pal Gautam and Food Minister Imran Hussain.

The officers were also responding to telephone calls from Ministers and Sisodia said he too spoke to a number of officers.

“All the senior officers including the Chief Secretary were present at meetings called by ministers on Tuesday,” Sisodia told the media.

Lt Governor Baijal wrote to Kejriwal appreciating his assurance to officers about their security.

“The LG requested the Chief Minister to urgently meet the officers in the Secretariat so that apprehensions and concerns of both sides can be suitably addressed through dialogue in the best interest of the people of Delhi,” said a Raj Niwas statement.

The decision to leave Raj Niwas was taken within a few hours after the Lt Governor wrote to Kejriwal.

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