Delhi-Centre deadlock continues; IAS officers rebut claim of strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Jun 2018 08:34:17



AAP’s march to the Prime Minister’s residence was stopped midway by the police

As the deadlock continues, Chief Ministers of four-non-BJP ruled States urged PM to intervene and solve the crisis

AS the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continued on the seventh day on Sunday, the tug of war between the AAP dispensation and the Lieutenant Governor refused to die down with IAS officers coming out in public alleging that they have been “targeted and victimised” for political gains.

As the deadlock continues, Chief Ministers of four-non-BJP ruled states urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and solve the crisis.
Later in the day, Kejriwal tried to salvage the situation by sending out an “assurance of safety” to the officers whom he called part of his families.

The political slugfest between parties continued with the AAP upping the ante and organising a massive march to the Prime Minister’s residence. The march was, however, stopped by the police midway.

While the Congress defended its decision to not join other opposition parties in supporting Kejriwal over his standoff with the Delhi L-G, calling the AAP leader’s “dharna in an air-conditioned room” a “drama”, the BJP, the major opposition party in the Delhi Assembly, continued its bashing of AAP and Kejriwal, saying he resorted to a “political stunt” in a bid to form an “anti-BJP, anti-Narendra Modi” front in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The Delhi IAS association asked the Delhi Government not to use its officers for “political gains” and rebutted its claim that they were on strike.

It had also said that the AAP dispensation needed to “change its attitude” amid Kejriwal’s standoff with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Revenue Secretary Manisha Saxena, along with Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi,
South Delhi District Magistrate Amjad Tak and Directorate of Information and Publicity Secretary Jaydev Sarangi held a press conference and said that the IAS officers in Delhi were “working with utmost sincerity and dedication”.

Countering Kejriwal’s allegations, Saxena, a senior member of IAS AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) Association, said that officers were not working at the behest of anyone.

“We are answerable only to the law and the Constitution,” Saxena said, adding that they had been targeted and victimised. “We would like to inform that we are not on strike,” she said.