Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirmna Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray who was addressing a huge crowd of party workers gathered to protest against the poor infrastructure of railways on Thursday gave 15-day time to the government to remove hawkers from railway foot over bridges.
“Remove hawkers from foot over bridges and operating in around Western and Central railway line stations in 15 days or we will do it”, Thackeray said while addressing the MNS workers.
"Problems of railway commuters in Mumbai have persisted for decades, and there are still no answers," says Raj Thackeray, MNS chief, lambasting the government for their apathy.
"When people in Mumbai leave their homes in the morning, it's not even certain whether they will return home or not. This is unacceptable," MNS chief Raj Thackeray said while addressing a rally.
Continuing to oppose construction of Bullet Train, Thackeray who had earlier threatened to block construction if railway infrastructure is not improved said, "I was the first person to oppose the Bullet Train. It doesn't serve the needs of thousands of Mumbai's commuters, and is just a gift for a handful of Gujaratis.”
"The central government is wasting its time with 'trivial issues' like demonetisation, GST, Swacch Bharat, yoga, etc. In doing so, it's ignoring real issues. But if it continues doing this, I won't remain peaceful," MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, winding up his speech.
The MNS rally has already caused massive traffic disruptions in South Mumbai. While the police did not give a formal permission to the protest, a heavy bandobast was seen in the area.
"We had written to the police seeking permission. But we haven't yet been granted permission. We have told the police that we will abide by the laws. This is an outburst of the ordinary Mumbaikar. We are only leading it," said Sandeep Deshpande, MNS leader.
Shalini Thackeray, a prominent MNS leader, said, “The agitation demonstrates how Mumbaikars can come out against the government spontaneously. The government is in shambles. The Elphinstone stampede is an example of the inefficiency of the government. We are not against progress. But we want basic infrastructure for Mumbai."