As talks between Dinesh Kumar Jain, chief secretary of Maharashtra, and the BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS) president Shashank Rao failed, the threat of the strike continued on the sixth day. Almost 32,000 BEST employees did not report for duty. In addition, 4,260 employees, almost 54 per cent, from the electricity department also extended their support and remained absent on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, Rao had a marathon meeting with Jain and said that the meeting was positive, but the strike will continue in a peaceful manner. Sources said the High Court-appointed committee met with Rao and other union leaders and took the draft of their demands. It will now be submitted before the chief minister and later presented before the High Court.