The state government has declared February 1 a public holiday for the civic elections to be held for 10 civic bodies. All government, semi-government offices and institutions that falls under Negotiable Instrument Act, which means all school, colleges and public sector banks will be closed on election day.
A delegation of Shiv Sena members led by party spokesperson Subhash Desai, Neelam Ghore and Aba Cholkar met State Election Commissioner Nand Lal on Monday, as Mumbai’s name was missing in the notice of the holiday announced by the government.
The demand of delegation to have reliever for the polling agent was also accepted by Nand Lal.
Immediately after the meeting with SEC, addressing a press conference at Shivalay, the party office at Nariman Point, Desai pointed that since holiday for Ulashnagar and few other civic bodies was declared and Mumbai was omitted, the Sena delegation met SEC.
“Nand Lal assured the delegation that the SEC has already given orders to the General Administration Department (GAD) about holiday in Mumbai,” Desai added further.
He further urged that employers of private firms and companies who do not fall under government or semi-government modules should ensure that their employee are given half day on the day of the polls. “This would help to increase voting percentage,” he said.
Sena’s prime target Raj
Meanwhile, Sena in midst of the conference distributed handbills targeting the split away group of party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and its president Raj Thackeray.
Handbills distributed questioned what happened to fund raised by an event of Michale Jackson that was organised by Thackeray junior while he was in Sena.
The handbills even questioned the status of employment opportunity created by the rebel leader as a head of Shiv Udyog Sena__ the organistaion formed to create employment opportunity for the unemployed youth.