Published On: Sat, Jun 16th, 2018

Four CMs meet over Kejriwal’s protest, to raise issue with PM

New Delhi: In a bid to put pressure on the Centre and the BJP, four non-BJP Chief Ministers met here on Saturday and discussed a strategy to provide support to protesting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who wants IAS officers to end their non-cooperation with his government.

Four Chief Ministers also wrote a joint letter to Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal seeking to meet Kejriwal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended a meeting at Andhra Bhawan with her counterparts, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy and Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu to discuss the prevailing situation in Delhi following Kejriwals’s  dharna at L-G’s official residence.

The four chief ministers later went to the residence of Delhi CM Kejriwal where they met his wife and other members of his family. Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel was also present.

They later told newspersons that since they have not been allowed to meet Kejriwal, they would certainly raise the issue with the Prime Minister on Sunday and urge him to intervene and resolve the issue.

Earlier, the four Chief Ministers wrote a joint letter to Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal seeking to meet Kejriwal who is on a protest at the Lt Governor’s office-cum-residence, Raj Niwas.

“All of us would like to make a representation to you with respect to the issues concerning the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. Please grant us a meeting slot today as we are waiting. We request you to give us time around 9 pm today (Saturday),” it read.

Informed sources said the four Chief Ministers were planning a strategy on how to strengthen Kejriwal’s hands.

On denial of permission by the Lt Governor, Kejriwal tweeted: “I don’t think LG can take such a decision on his own. Obviously, PMO has directed him to refuse permission. Just like IAS strike is being done at PMO’s instance.

“We live in a democracy. Can PM deny CMs of other states to meet CM of another state? Raj Niwas is no one’s personal property. It belongs to the people of India.”

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, is camping at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike.

 

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