AAP plans mass march to LG's house as Kejriwal targets Modi

LG House security Barricades erected by the Delhi Police near the lieutenant governor's house | Sanjay Ahlawat

As the sit-in protest by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three of his ministers at the official residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal entered the third day, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its MLAs and activists would stage a march from the chief minister's residence to the lieutenant governor's house on Wednesday.

AAP has called on residents of Delhi to join the march, which is scheduled to start from 4pm from the chief minister's residence at Flagstaff Road. Several prominent AAP leaders, such as Atishi Marlena and MLAs Sanjeev Jha and Saurabh Bharadwaj, issued video appeals on Twitter for the public to join the march on Wednesday. The Delhi Police have erected barricades and increased security in the vicinity of the LG's house.

The BJP and Congress have criticised Kejriwal's stir at the lieutenant governor's residence; the BJP is organising protests against the AAP government on Wednesday.

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, began their sit-in protest at the lieutenant governor's house after Baijal refused to act on their requests. Sisodia began a hunger strike on Wednesday a day after Jain started an indefinite fast to force Baijal to act on AAP's demands.

The AAP government has been demanding that IAS officers, who have been on 'unofficial strike' for the past four months, return to duty and Baijal clear proposals to facilitate doorstep delivery of rations.

The IAS officers' stir began after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged he was assaulted by AAP MLAs at Kejriwal's residence in February.

Kejriwal and AAP have accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to orchestrate the governance crisis using the IAS officers. On Wednesday morning, Kejriwal tweeted, “Central govt using IAS officers as a tool to provoke rebellion against an elected govt.”