Shiv Sena also comes out in Kejriwal’s support

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Mumbai, June 18 (IANS) Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena on Monday came out in support of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his agitation, days after four non-Bharatiya Janata Party ruled states also endorsed his AAP’s stand.

On Sunday, Kejriwal spoke to Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on the issue where Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is seeking directions from Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to the IAS officers to end their undeclared strike and other demands, a Sena leader said.

“Uddhavji informed him what the late Bal Thackeray used to say, that any political party which gets overwhelming majority has the right to work and take policy decisions, whether it’s the government in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim or Delhi,” party spokeserspon Sanjay Raut told the media.

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On Saturday, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) and H.D. Kumaraswamy (Karnataka) held a join press conference in support of the AAP and Kejriwal. They subsequently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention in the issue.

BJP MP and former Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha has also expressed support to Kejriwal and urged Modi’s intervention to resolve the crisis in Delhi.

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, have been staging a sit-in protest at the Delhi Raj Niwas since June 11. Sisodia and Jain, who also started a hunger strike, have subsequently been hospitalised after their condition deteriorated.

–IANS

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