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MNS will not take part in today’s Thane bandh

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 18, 2013
First Published: 01:53 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:55 IST(18/4/2013)

Opposing the move to regularise unauthorised buildings in Thane, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), on Wednesday, demanded the arrest of builders responsible for the structures.


Thackeray said that his party will not participate in the Thursday Thane bandh called by the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to protest against the demolition of unauthorised structures. “These people rule the corporations, allow illegal constructions to flourish, let people die and then call for a bandh. This is just votebank politics,” he said.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said that regularisation was just an attempt to protect builders. “The builders should be arrested and interrogated. The politicians and officials who patronise them, too, should be put behind bars,” said Thackeray. 

Reacting to Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar’s statement on regularisation of the structures, he said, “Controlling illegal constructions is difficult in any case. Regularising them would only make it difficult to rein them in. Those who live in legal buildings will have to bear the brunt of this.”

The MNS chief said that he would meet chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and submit a plan on rehabilitation of residents. “Those who have been born in Maharashtra should be given alternative accommodation in legal structures,” he said.    

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