Reacting strongly against the alleged manhandling of Chief Secretary (CS) Anshu Prakash by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs late on Monday night, leaders from both the Opposition parties - the BJP and the Congress - raised demands of Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal's resignation and an apology on Tuesday. Amanatullah Khan denied allegation in Prakash's FIR that he had rained blows on the bureaucrat. There was a meeting of MLAs at CM's residence. "Now he is making such ludicrous allegations". "Obviously, he is doing it at BJP's behest. If anyone tries to divert attention from the main issues, it is a betrayal of the country", he said.
Prakash, 56, has alleged that as the meeting started, one of the AAP MLAs slammed the door shut, and he was made to sit between Khan and another legislator on a three-seater sofa.
The incident could snowball into a major confrontation between the Centre and the AAP government, as Rajnath Singh stepped into the matter and sought a report on it from the Lt Governor.
Saxena said that the meeting was on "some advertisements by the Delhi government which were in violation of the Supreme Court's guidelines". "The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear".
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"Delhi secretariat is a high-security zone so there is ample police deployment".
"It's a criminal, cowardly and deplorable act and an assault on the Constitution".
"Delhi Police arrested elected MLA without any evidence". The cabinet meeting also had to be moved to the CM residence.
The chief minister's office has dismissed the accusation as "bizarre and baseless". "There are people being beaten up in the Secretariat", Sisodia said. AAP and anarchy have become synonymous. At a party press conference in New Delhi, Khetan said that 150 men had surrounded him on the second floor of the secretariat, heckled him and shouted pro-Bharatiya Janata Party slogans. The delegation apprised Singh on the prevailing situation of bureaucracy in Delhi administration.
"Does such Chief Minister have the right to stay on his post?"