AAP approaches Modi over IAS officers’ ‘strike’

New Delhi, June 14: Delhi’s ruling AAP on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to end the “strike” by the IAS officers as there has been no communication from the Lt Governor’s office over the sit-in protest by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues. The sit-in by Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai at the Lt. Governor’s office entered its fourth day on Thursday, after which Kejriwal wrote to Modi urging him to intervene in the matter of the “strike” by the IAS officers, accusing Lt Governor Anil Baijal of doing “nothing” in this regard.

In the letter, Kejriwal informed Modi the officers have not been attending meetings with ministers for the past three months and cited instances when the government work was affected. He also said that he hope Modi will allow them to work for the people of Delhi, adding that “no one should be allowed to trample upon people’s will”. Recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said: “I hope sir that Modiji will also follow in the footsteps of Atalji, respect people’s will and allow opposition-ruled states to work for the people.”

On social media, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has launched a campaign #ModjiForgiveDelhi. Party members, by posting videos, are requesting Modi to let the elected government work by asking the IAS officers to join back the work. Social Welfare and SC/ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, in his video, said: “Modiji, don’t take revenge from the people. Please ask your IAS officers to join back the work.”

Atishi Marlena, who served as an advisor on education to the Delhi government for three years, said in a video: “Namaste Modiji. The people of Delhi are upset. You have ordered the strike by the IAS officers. (IANS)