Even as Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are drawing a lot of ire for holding sit-in protest at the L-G’s office, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of her Delhi counterpart. In a show of support, Banerjee said that an elected Chief Minister should get “due respect”. The West Bengal CM also appealed to the Government of India and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to resolve the problem immediately.
Earlier on Wednesday, former Finance Minister and ex rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also joined the massive dharna that Aam Aadmi Party is staging against Lt Governor Anil Baijal. A very large gathering of people come together to support the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in its protest.
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and two ministers--Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain-- had met L-G Anil Baijal on Monday evening and decided to stay put at his office till their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike" and action against those who have struck work for "four months" were accepted. The trio continued their dharna at the L-G's office on Tuesday day itself and Sisodia on Wednesday began an indefinite hunger strike at the office of the Lt Governor, where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues spent the second night, a day after Health Minister Satyendra Jain sat on a hunger strike there to press for their demands.
The AAP government's demands to the L-G include direction to IAS officers to end their "strike", action against those who have struck work for "four months". It has also asked the L-G to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
(With PTI Inputs)