Even as the sit-in protest at L-G office entered day 4 on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing him to end the IAS officers' strike. In the letter Kejriwal said:
"IAS officers are on strike since last three months... Their strike is impacting governance in Delhi. IAS officers are under the L-G and Central government, which is why the Delhi government can not do anything to end their strike... This has happened for the first time in the history of India. If the officers were under Delhi government, the strike would have ended within 24 hours."
"Either you or the L-G can end the strike. Since, the L-G is not ending the strike, the Delhi government and the people of Delhi are requesting you to immediately end their strike," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of her Delhi counterpart. In a show of support, Banerjee said that an elected Chief Minister should get “due respect”. The West Bengal CM also appealed to the Government of India and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to resolve the problem immediately.
Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and two ministers--Gopal Rai and Satyendar Jain-- had met L-G Anil Baijal on Monday evening and decided to stay put at his office till their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their "strike" and action against those who have struck work for "four months" were accepted. The trio continued their dharna at the L-G's office on Tuesday day itself and Sisodia on Wednesday began an indefinite hunger strike at the office of the Lt Governor, where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues spent the second night, a day after Health Minister Satyendra Jain sat on a hunger strike there to press for their demands.
The AAP government's demands to the L-G include direction to IAS officers to end their "strike", action against those who have struck work for "four months". It has also asked the L-G to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.