BJP Members Join Delhi Sanitation Workers' Strike

30/01/2016 3:59 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 27: Delhi MCD Sanitation workers protest against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Jantar Mantar to demand immediate release of funds for payment of their salaries and arrears, on January 27, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Over 1.5 lakh employees of the three MCDs have decided to go on three-day strike from today. They have decided to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not fulfilled. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Hundreds of BJP workers today joined the strike by sanitation workers of municipal corporations even as the Delhi Government formed a Task Force to lift garbage across the national capital.

PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, who has formed task force in every district, has directed his department to clear out garbage as the strike entered the fourth day.

A senior government official said Cabinet ministers and AAP MLAs will also join the cleanliness drive from tomorrow in their respective constituencies.

In the morning, scores of sanitation workers dumped garbage outside the residence of Delhi Assembly Speaker Ramniwas Goel.

Yesterday, a group of workers and municipal corporation employees had staged a protest outside Transport Minister Gopal Rai's office in Babarpur in east Delhi.

Sanjay Gehlot, president of Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha, demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pay salaries first and "later settle scores with the municipal corporations."

He threatened that the protests will be stepped up if their demand is not met immediately.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused BJP leaders of the three municipal corporations of "instigating" the workers to throw garbage outside the ministers' residences and offices.

Demanding regular salaries, payment of long pending arrears, regularisation of contract-based workers, health cards and unification of three municipal corporations, the workers launched the strike on January 27.

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