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The Delhi administration plunged into a crisis on Tuesday as the city's top bureaucrat alleged that he was assaulted by ruling AAP MLAs in front of Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia at the chief minister's residence in the national capital, a charge rubbished by the party as 'bizarre'. Matters turned worse as Delhi Police registered an FIR in the matter based on the complaint of Anshu Prakash, even as the force did not name anyone in it. Throughout the day, allegations flew thick and fast with both sides -- the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Delhi bureaucrats -- levelling allegations and counter-allegations of attack on each other, even as the work in the Delhi Secretariat suffered.
Here are the top developments:
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: Manisha Saxena, IAS Assoc. Secy #Delhi pic.twitter.com/F3ELUZkO0T— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
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
3) Speaking about the alleged incident, Congress leader Ajay Maken, according to news agency ANI, said: "It will be a very dangerous situation if Delhi goes towards administrative paralysis. LG should immediately meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Confidence should be restored among administrative officers."
It will be a very dangerous situation if Delhi goes towards administrative paralysis. LG should immediately meet Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Confidence should be restored among administrative officers : Ajay Maken on incident of alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash pic.twitter.com/cLoSPV0qrF— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
We have urged LG to take legal action be taken against those responsible. This is like a constitutional crisis, never seen such a thing happen in the past many years:DN Singh, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President on alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash pic.twitter.com/3AsJSgzs9s— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
We are going on a strike with immediate effect, we are with our Chief Secretary, until they (those at fault) are not arrested we will not get back (to work): DN Singh, Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services President on alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secy Anshu Prakash pic.twitter.com/cmUoKp4GAk— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
It clarifies how AAP is involved in malpractices & corruption. If something good happens Kejriwal & his MLAs take credit & if it's something bad onus falls on govt. Is tarah se haathapaai karna! Koi gundagardi hai kya?: Sandeep Dikshit,Congress on Delhi Chief Secy alleged assault pic.twitter.com/yyUJaSSiwr— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
Police reaches Delhi Secretariat. pic.twitter.com/zYJsCjycav— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2018
8) A war of words erupted on Tuesday between the AAP and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP legislators in the presence of CM Kejriwal.
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
The incident occurred at CM @ArvindKejriwal 's residence.— 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
In total 9 AAP MLAs were present at the CM's residence when Chief Secretary was assaulted. They represent people of Delhi but are nothing short of Urban Naxalites. How utterly disgusting behaviour!— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) February 20, 2018
9) Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma denied the allegation saying the Chief Secretary was making false accusations at the behest of the BJP. Sharma said that during a meeting at Kejriwal's residence on the "faulty implementation" of Aadhaar, which "deprived about 250,000 (2.5 lakh) families of ration", the Chief Secretary refused to answer questions.