The power tussle between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and bureaucrats turned ugly on Tuesday after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash claimed that he was physically assaulted by two AAP MLAs in presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The top bureaucrat of Delhi was allegedly manhandled by at least two AAP MLAs while a meeting on the door-to-door delivery of essential government services was in progress.
However, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, terming the Chief Secretary’s allegations as ‘ludicrous’ accused Prakash of working on “BJP’s behest”.
“There was no incident of assault or attempted assault by any AAP MLAs. The Chief Secretary refused to answer questions saying he was answerable only to LG and not CM and MLAs. He used bad language,” the Aam Aadmi Party said in its statement.
Meanwhile, political rivals have trained their guns at Kejriwal govt with Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken terming the incident as AAP’s new low demanded Chief Minister’s apology.
Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President DN Singh announced a strike with immediate effect and said they will not go to work until those at fault are not arrested.
After Anshu Prakash, AAP's Ashish Khetan also claimed that a mob shouting pro-BJP slogans manhandled him at the Delhi Secretariat while Delhi police remained a mute spectator and didn't intervene.
"There was a mob, unruly and aggressive - they ran towards me shouting pro-BJP slogans ..my staff members have been hurt. Lodged a complaint with Daryaganj PS....Delhi police staff did not intervene," Khetan said.
Here are the updates:
# 8:00 PM: The Delhi Police filed an FIR against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan under IPC Sections including 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing a public servant from performing the duty) and 353 (assault on public servant.
# 7:20 PM : Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash lodged an compalaint against AAP's Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan and 10 other MLAs.
# 04: 27 PM | AAP leader Ashish Khetan : It was riot like situation. Everything is on CCTV. A violent crowd raising slogans attacked the chief secretary. We don't know who they are. Police were mute spectators.
# 04: 25 PM : AAP denies allegations
# 03: 35 PM | Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweets, "The MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done. A delegation of IAS DANICS & Subordinate Services of Delhi Government met me today and apprised me of the prevailing situation."
# 03: 30 PM | Home Minister Rajnath Singh: I am deeply pained with the happening. Civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear
# Association says interest officers and staff will continue to work
In public interest officers & staff will continue to work in their offices. However, no officer will attend meeting beyond office hours, outside office premises, till such time effective action is taken against all people behind this incident: IAS Association Delhi— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
# The Association says functional crisis on behalf of the AAP party
The Associations strongly feel that above incident amounts to functional crisis and breakdown of governance and earnestly implore the Hon’ble Lt. Governor and the Govt. of India to take expeditious action against the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident: IAS Association Delhi— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
# IAS officers go on strike over Delhi Chief Secretary's assault
IAS, Delhi, Andaman&Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) & Delhi Admn Subordinate Services Assoc (DASS), representing officers of Govt of NCT Delhi, condemn&protest physical assault by MLAs on Chief Secy in CM’s residence in presence&with consent of CM & Dy CM: IAS Assoc Delhi— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
The appalling and shocking physical assault meted out to the Head of the Administration of Delhi, in the form of blows on the head, amounting to threat to life and physical safety, is deplorable: IAS Association Delhi— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
# BJP member Manoj Tiwari says CM Arvind Kejriwal should resign
@ArvindKejriwal and his Goon MLAs misbehaved and threatened the Chief secretary of NCT Delhi Government last night...— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) February 20, 2018
another shameful act of @AamAadmiParty Goons ...
an act of Urban Naxalism ...#UrbanNaxaliteKejriwal must Resign
# Former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra backs the Delhi Chief Secretary
Chief Secretary of Delhi is a very decent man, he doesn't even raise his voice to his juniors.— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) February 20, 2018
In last few months four IAS officers KS Meena, Varsha Joshi, Sarangi and Ashwani have voted in official records that they were threatened to get physically attacked by AAP MLAs.
# BJP's Satish Upadhyay asks why the CM and his people are not being arrested
Chief Secretary of Delhi, the Top most officer, gets physically assaulted, locked up, abused & beaten by @ArvindKejriwal & 15 of his MLA's @ 12 midnight at his residence. But why's CM & his goons not being arrested ? Is he above law ?— Satish Upadhyay (@upadhyaysbjp) February 20, 2018
# AAP MLA Ajay Dutt files an FIR against the Delhi Chief Secretariat
AAP MLA @AjayDutt48 has written to @CPDelhi to lodge FIR against the Chief Secretary. Delhi chief secretary used "casteist remarks" against him in a meeting at CM @ArvindKejriwal residence. pic.twitter.com/vchb5wdkWt— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 20, 2018
# The leaders of Aam Aadmi Party will meet at 4 pm today
AAP leaders to address an important press conference today ( Feb 20) at 4 PM.— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 20, 2018
# Delhi Police reaches the Secretariat
Police reaches Delhi Secretariat. pic.twitter.com/zYJsCjycav— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
# After Anshu Prakash, AAP's Ashish Khetan claimed he was manhandled at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday
AAP's Ashish Khaitan called PCR (Police Control Room), alleges he was manhandled at Delhi Secretariat. Police has reached the spot.— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
# Manisha Saxena, Secretary of Indian Administrative Services, said, "Met LG & put forward our concerns. Chief Secy was called for a meeting late at night; CM, Dy CM & MLAs were there, when CS reached he was roughed up. Since few years such things have been happening, officers have been insulted & humiliated."
# Responding to the allegations by the Chief Secretary, the Aam Aadmi Party shared a post on its Twitter handle and said that the ChieffSecretary refused to answer questions, and even used bad language against some MLAs.
AAP's response to false allegations by Chief Secretary— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 20, 2018
# Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken took to Twitter to express his concern and said that the Delhi CM should apologise for the incident which happened in front of him, blaming the Aam Aadmi Party does not know governance.
Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him-— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) February 20, 2018
AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low & is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures!
AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably😡
# DN Singh, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President said, "We are going on a strike with immediate effect. We are with our Chief Secretary. Until those at fault are not arrested we will not get back to work. We have urged LG to take legal action against those responsible. This is like a constitutional crisis, never seen such a thing happen in the past many years."
# Kapil Mishra, AAP MLA and former minister in the Kejriwal cabinet, said, “This has never happened in the history of India. As an MLA, I am ashamed that this incident has taken place.”
सुना है - रात 12 बजे CM ने दिल्ली के मुख्य सचिव को अपने घर बुलाया, कुछ विधायक वहां पहले से मौजूद थे।— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) February 20, 2018
CM ने ख़ुद चीफ सेक्रेटरी के साथ बदसलूकी की, फिर MLA अमानतुल्लाह ने हाथापाई की।
देश मे ये पहली बार हुआ हैं। विधायक द्वारा CM के कहने पर मुख्य सचिव पर हमला।
# Sharmistha Mukherjee, Delhi Congress Vice-President, said, “In a democracy, we expect that all disputes will be solved by dialogue. Violence against anyone, including a senior bureaucrat, is not the way to resolve anything. There should be a thorough probe into this and if the Chief Secretary’s complaint is found to be true, the MLAs should receive tough punishment.”
# Former AAP leader, Mayank Gandhi, said, “Considering the confrontational attitude taken up by both sides and the vicious atmosphere that this created, this was a natural consequence.”
# BJP’s Vijender Gupta took to Twitter and shared the event, reporting the whole incident as “ill-treatment”. He also conveyed that he will be meeting the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi in the afternoon on Tuesday and discuss the further course of action.
CM @ArvindKejriwal in his dictatorial style called Chief Secretary at 12 midnight & berated him in front of his MLAs. Drunk on power CM was concerned about why not more funds were dispersed for advertisements. Such is the state of affairs under AAP. @HMOIndia @LtGovDelhi— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) February 20, 2018
Will be meeting Hon'ble @LtGovDelhi at 12:35pm to apprise him of the ill treatment meted out to the Chief Secretary at the hands of AAP goons on the behest of CM @ArvindKejriwal. The same had happened with BJP delegation when it went to meet the CM at his residence.— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) February 20, 2018
He also said that a total of nine AAP MLAs were present when the Chief Secretary was assaulted in front of CM Kejriwal.
Delhi Police, however, said it has not received any formal complaint about the incident.