Work stuck for 3 days, LG will talk to officers: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Delhi government officers were not attending meetings for past three days due to an alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said here on Friday, adding that Lt. Governor Anil Baijal has promised to talk to officers and resolve issues.

Kejriwal made the statement after he met the Lt. Governor along with his council of ministers.

“Officers not attending meetings for last 3 days. Governance suffering. I’m very concerned. LG assured he will take all steps to ensure officers started functioning normally. Council of ministers assured him all cooperation. All of us need to work together for betterment of Delhi,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Meanwhile Baijal said that there was “no place for violence in democracy”.

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“Strongly condemn the recent unfortunate incidents. Advised elected government to take steps to remove mistrust with govt. employees so that development of Delhi is not affected,” he tweeted.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by two AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, in the presence of Kejriwal, on Monday night at the Chief Minister’s residence where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

Following this, bureaucrats had declared that they would not meet or talk over phone to the Chief Minister, his ministers or MLAs till Kejriwal apologises for the alleged assault.

For the past two days, Delhi government employees across the city have also been observing a five-minute silence outside their respective offices every day as a mark of protest.

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Addressing media after the meeting on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Lt. Governor has ensured that he would talk to government officers to resolve the issues.

“Told him (Baijal) how for two-three days, officers did not come to meeting and did not attend phone calls. Many meetings were cancelled. LG said he will ensure that officers will be there in meetings and work together with ministers,” he said.

“CM said that he will also talk to officers to ease out things,” Sisodia said.

Asked whether the Chief Minister will apologise for the alleged assault, he only said that “police investigation was going on and the matter was pending before the court”.

–IANS

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