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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The deplorable way, in which two IAS officers were treated in the power struggle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, had attracted reactions from other IAS officers yesterday.

Now, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has retaliated via tweets.

Referring to the sacking of the two top bureaucrats by the BJP-led government at the Centre earlier this year, AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted, “IAS association was sleeping like Kumbhkaran when Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary were humiliated and removed.”

The members of IAS Officers’ Association, on Wednesday, met to discuss the escalating turf war between Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, which has resulted in one officer being publicly criticized and another ignominiously removed and locked out of his office.

“We view with anguish the way IAS officers have been treated and subjected to character assassination, we condemn it,” stated the resolution passed by the officers on Wednesday.

Shakuntala Gamlin, whose appointment by the Lieutenant Governor last week triggered the ugly row, was also present during the meeting. Kejriwal had accused Gamlin of favouring power distribution companies and acting against public interest.

The Chief Minister removed the Principal Secretary who signed off on his decision to appoint Shakuntala Gamlin. On Monday, Anindo Majumdar was locked out of his office and two more officers were appointed in his place, but they too, are caught in the crossfire.

“All transfers and appointments in the past few days stand cancelled as they were not approved by him,” the Lieutenant Governor responded by writing to the Delhi government yesterday.

Kejriwal and his deputy CM, Manish Sisodia, met with officers yesterday amid reports that many bureaucrats had requested to be transferred out of Delhi and those working outside did not want to return.

According to the sources in the Home Ministry, at least a dozen officers have applied for transfers, but AAP has rejected it.

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)