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As Arvind Kejriwal Protests Against Delhi Lt Governor, 4 Power CMs Throw Their Weight Behind Him

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| June 17 , 2018 , 11:34 IST

Four power Chief Ministers - West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy - have expressed solidarity with their Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday.

The non-BJP CMs flew down to Delhi and addressed a press conference together from Kejriwal's residence and asked the centre to resolve the "crisis" immediately. Reportedly, all the four were "denied" permission inside Baijal's office before moving towards AAP supremo's house.

"I wanted to meet the Delhi chief minister but I was told, verbally, that permission will not be granted. Then four of us wrote to the LG for appointment, but we were told that he (Baijal) is not there. We were not allowed," Mamta said.

She added, "We were not even given six minutes to meet him. We want this problem to be solved. This has become a constitutional crisis. Ultimately, if this problem is not solved then people will face issues. If this is happening in the capital then what will happen in other states?"

Interestingly, Congress ally from Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy was among the state chiefs to lend their support to Delhi CM when former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken had earlier attacked Kejriwal for his protest.

"We came here to show our support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. We demand that the PM interferes and takes necessary steps to solve the problem," Kumaraswamy stated. The four leaders were hosted by Kejriwal's wife and other AAP leaders.

Banerjee, Naidu, Vijayan and Kumaraswamy met at Andhra Bhawan before. They arrived in Delhi to attend a meeting of Niti Ayog on Sunday.  "We will meet the prime minister on Sunday and request him to intervene and solve the problem," Mamta stated during the conference.

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu expressed hope for the impasse to be broken. "We came here to express our support to the Delhi CM. The L-G has to allow this government to function. Mamata Ji had asked permission from the L-G to meet the CM to which there was no response," he said.

Naidu added, "The Centre and L-G should not create problems for states," whereas Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan took the moment to target the central government. "This has happened because of the Centre's attitude. The centre is restricting the federal system, which is a threat to the nation. Everyone is with Kejriwal. All democratic people are with him," he said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendra Jain and Gopal Rai has been on a sit-in protest at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding the Lt Governor Anil Baijal to issue directions for ending IAS officers 'undeclared strike'.

On Saturday, Delhi CM alleged that there is de facto President's rule in Delhi because of the ongoing IAS officers' strike. Responding to a tweet about IAS officers withdrawing from work being de facto President's rule, Kejriwal tweeted, "I agree. It is de facto president's rule in Delhi through IAS strike."