While chief ministers of other states are attending 4th meeting NITI Aayog, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had said she might skip it to celebrate Eid, Delhi Chief Minister skipped it for 2nd year in a row as he is on a sit-in protest at the Delhi LG’s residence. Kejriwal is protesting against ‘strike’ of IAS officers which does not even exist.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal and his team is busy peddling lies on Twitter, which keeps getting refuted by authorities. Kejriwal quoted a journalist who claimed that in place of Delhi CM, Delhi LG Anil Baijal is attending the NITI Aayog meeting.
Under which provision of the Constitution does LG have powers to replace the Chief Minister? I have not authorised him to go in my place. https://t.co/ccA94tpKNo
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 17, 2018
This was refuted by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Twitter that the Delhi LG is not present at the meeting.
This is totally incorrect. Lt. Governor of Delhi is not present at the Fourth Meeting of the Govening Council of NITI Aayog. https://t.co/1U95F4wz59
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) June 17, 2018
Further, Delhi Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Rakhi Birla claimed that Delhi Police is going from house to house and forcibly stopping them from attending a march to the PM residence. Kejriwal, in his peculiar style of spreading falsehood/wrong information under the garb of expressing shock or asking his followers if the claim is true, expressed shock at Rakhi Birla’s strange claims.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police has clarified that Aam Aadmi Party has not taken police permission for the call to march towards the Prime Minister’s residence. More so, these areas are under prohibitory orders.
The call given by @AamAadmiParty to march towards PM residence or office is without any permission. No permission has been applied for. As such areas of New Delhi district are under prohibitory orders.
— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) June 17, 2018
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who along with Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh chief ministers showed solidarity with Delhi CM last night, has said that she has tweeted that she has requested the Prime Minister to ‘solve the problems of Delhi government immediately’.
I along with the Hon’ble CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested Hon’ble PM today to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 17, 2018
Interestingly, Congress has not joined its alliance partner Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in showing support to Arvind Kejriwal.