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‘Did not allow BJP sit-in outside CM’s office’

The Delhi government’s General Administration Department (GAD), which is responsible for the Delhi Secretariat, has said it had not given any permission for the sit-in by BJP leaders outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office in June.

While the Chief Minister and three Ministers were staging a sit-in inside Raj Niwas, BJP leaders held a counter-protest outside Mr. Kejriwal’s office on the third floor of the Secretariat.

In response to a question by Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj in the Delhi Assembly that was listed for Wednesday, the GAD said it had not given any permission for the protest. BJP MP Parvesh Verma, BJP MLAs Vijender Gupta, Jagdish Pradhan and Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Kapil Mishra, an Aam Aadmi Party MLA who has been suspended from the party since last year, held a dharna from June 13 to June 19.

Though the Assembly was adjourned before Question Hour, the GAD response also included a letter received by it from the Delhi Police on June 16 saying that there had been no lapse by the police in the matter.

Mr. Bharadwaj said that because his question had to be answered on Wednesday, the GAD had written to the police seeking an FIR in the matter.

Will lodge complaint

Meanwhile, Mr. Gupta, also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said the AAP government had “mischievously asked the Delhi Police to file an FIR” against the BJP leaders.

He added that in response, the BJP leaders would on Thursday lodge their complaint at the Civil Lines police station against the Chief Minister and Ministers’ protest at Raj Niwas.

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