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Delhi Deadlock Between CM Kejriwal And IAS Officers Ends After Call From LG

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| June 20 , 2018 , 08:15 IST

The protests by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders against the IAS officers that AAP claimed were on a strike finally came to an end on Tuesday, after a call from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. The LG reportedly advised the Delhi CM to speak to the IAS officers directly regarding the differences.

"The officers ended their boycott of meetings after a single call to them by the LG," Kejriwal later told MLAs and party workers at his residence.

"The work we have done in education, power, health and other sectors were possible only with the support of the officers. We have nothing against the IAS officers," he said in a conciliatory tone.

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CM Kejriwal and his ministers had been sitting on protest at the home-office of LG Baijal since June 11, with Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on a hunger strike. The AAP leaders alleged that IAS officers had been on strike since February this year and were not attending meetings called by the AAP MLAs, delaying several important projects.

Without admitting to being on 'strike' the IAS officers expressed security concerns in the view of the physical assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash earlier this year by AAP leaders.

As the AAP protests came to an end, IAS officers indicated that they would attend all routine meetings convened by the AAP ministers while the AAP government would assure their safety and dignity at such meetings. Calling off the protest, CM Kejriwal did not tender any apology and the IAS officers did not clear the ration scheme.

Thanking West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, and Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy who had supported him, Kejriwal slammed the PM Narendra Modi government.

Claiming that the agitation exposed how "Modi government is trying to strangulate democracy in Delhi", Kejriwal said the protest was "a good experience".

"It is a verdict of people. It is a fight for democracy. (PM) Narendra Modi has left only 10 percent powers with Delhi government, which enjoyed 50 percent power during Sheila Dikshit's tenure," he said.