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Cong’s ‘kande pohe’ plans stalled again

mumbai Updated: Sep 09, 2009 02:29 IST
HT Correspondent

Model code of conduct has stalled the Congress’ plan to woo the Marathi manoos with kande pohe before the elections. The civic body has now sought clearance from the Election Commission (EC).

Earlier, the party’s proposal for kande pohe stalls was rejected by the EC just before the Lok Sabha elections.
On Tuesday, the proposal was tabled again before the civic law committee that has now postponed the proposal for a month till the nod is sought.

Kande pohe was Congress’ way of countering the Shiv Sena’s Shiv Vada Pav and was the brainchild of Congress corporator and Opposition leader in the civic body Rajhans Singh.

Singh had asked the municipal commissioner to reserve 125 stalls for kande pohe hawkers in February and expected to reap benefits in the Lok Sabha elections too. However, the proposal was turned down.

“The proposal was not discussed today as the model code of conduct is in effect and now the proposal will be sent to the EC for sanction,” said Ramakant Rahate, Chairman, Law Committee.

Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray launched the Shiv Sena-sponsored popular Maharashtran snack, branded Shiv Vada Pav on November 24.

To make the brand official and popular, the Shiv Sena had approached Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak who then permitted Shiv Vada Pav stalls under the new hawkers’ policy.