AAP minister gheraoed by government officials at Delhi Secretariat

Anshu Prakash

Former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday launched an attack at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), after the Delhi Chief Secretary alleged that he was assaulted at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, when he was called for a meeting on Monday midnight.

"He (Chief Secretary) used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions".

"There was a heated exchange at the meeting last night". "Can you imagine this happening with ministers of other states in their state government's secretariat?"

This was the latest in a series of run-ins between the Delhi government and the capital's centrally administered bureaucracy, marked by constant tussle between the lieutenant governor (L-G) and the AAP over appointments, government decisions and law-related matters. Instead, Acting Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Parida attended the meeting, an official said.

Following the chief secretary's allegations several officers' associations called upon Singh and apprised him demanding action.

He was referring to the chaos which unfolded inside the secretariat today as Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was mobbed by over a hundred officials and staff following the allegations.

We also urge the Delhi government to make sure there are adequate steps for safety of all civil servants so that they can discharge their duties effectively, Kumar said in a statement issued here.

Earlier, Jarwal and Ajay Dutt, AAP MLAs from Deoli and Ambedkar Nagar respectively, had claimed the bureaucrat made casteist remarks.

Police teams have been formed to investigate both the cases and the Delhi Police will investigate both the cases with all seriousness, Pathak said.

When asked to comment on the alleged assault on the chief secretary by the AAP MLAs in his presence, Sisodia said the charges were "baseless and ludicrous". The cabinet meeting also had to be moved to the CM residence.

AAP Delhi unit's chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj claimed that Jarwal was "arrested" based on a "frivolous" complaint.



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