After 9 Days Of Protests, Delhi CM Off For 10-Day Health Treatment, IAS Meeting On Hold

| June 21 , 2018 , 09:55 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, ending his 9-day sit-in protest at the home-office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Bajial over an alleged 'strike' of IAS officers, will be in Bengaluru from Thursday for a 10-day naturopathy course for diabetes. Despite LG Baijal's request to Kejriwal to 'urgently' meet the bureaucrats, the meeting would likely take place after the Delhi CM's return from his health trip.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, during their protest, alleged that the IAS officers were missing crucial meetings and also holding up work, especially since the assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February by AAP leaders.

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As the protest came to an end, LG Baijal had urged CM Kejriwal to discuss ways to ensure their safety, security, and dignity when they meet elected representatives.

The Joint Forum of Delhi Government Employees in an open letter to CM Kejriwal on Tuesday, hours after he ended his protests, also expressed that they were looking forward to a meeting with him.

“We now look forward to meeting you to discuss how to make our working environment safe and secure, not only in relation to physical assaults but also verbal assaults, threats, intimidation and attack on dignity and respect of officers/officials, including lady officials,” the letter said.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a press conference on Wednesday had indicated that the health of 49-year-old Kejriwal, who was reportedly unwell for the past month, further deteriorated during the protest.

“Before the protest started, his plan was to go to Bengaluru for treatment,” said Sisodia.