Arvind Kejriwal Apologises to Nitin Gadkari, Kapil Sibal in Defamation Cases
New Delhi, March 8: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said he can be stubborn but not violent — the remarks came following the stalemate between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the bureaucracy after the alleged attack on chief secretary Anshu Prakash. The Chief Minister also held a meeting at his residence where he spoke to a group of employees belonging to the Delhi Administration Subordinate Service and some unions.
“We will never indulge in violence, that too with our own people. We will argue and fight but we will not indulge in violence,” said Kejriwal as quoted by the Times of India. (Also read: Saw AAP MLAs ‘Assaulting’ Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police)
But the meeting failed to end the cold war as silent protests were being held daily by bureaucrats and government employees. In the latest development, the president of Delhi Government Employees Welfare Association, Dayanand Singh, who was involved in the initiative, was suspended from his post. “Singh had breached the trust of the employees by arbitrarily attending the meeting with the political executive against the decision of the association.” general secretary of the association Deepak Bhardwaj said.
A showcause notice was served to Singh and he will remain suspended till the next meeting of the association on March 23.
Prakash has alleged that he was assaulted by AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence on February 19 where he had gone to attend a meeting.
Anshu Prakash’s complaint
He alleged that as the meeting started, one of AAP MLAs slammed the door shut, and he was made to sit between MLA Amanatullah Khan and another MLA on a three-seater sofa. “The Chief Minister directed me to answer the MLAs and explain the reasons for the delay in the release of the TV campaign. I explained to them that officers were bound by guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court,” he said in the complaint.
He said, “The MLAs started shouting at me and abused me while blaming me and the bureaucracy for not doing enough publicity for the government.”
One of the MLAs, he alleged, threatened him, saying that he (Prakash) would be confined to the room for the entire night if he did not agree to releasing the TV campaign.
Since the party has come to power in Delhi, the bureaucracy and the AAP dispensation have clashed on a range of issues.