The Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) president, Raj Thackeray, on Tuesday said the government should grant more floor space index (FSI) to cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar to build a gymnasium in his new house at Bandra.
Taking a stand contrary to the Shiv Sena, Thackeray also said his party had no issues with the Pakistani cricket team playing in the city in case it reached the final of the World Cup.
Sachin’s request for more FSI to build a gymnasium at his under-construction house
was turned down by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan who heads the urban development department because it is not permissible under the relevant rules.
Calling the incident unfortunate, Thackeray — who is also a personal friend of the cricketer — appealed to Chavan to reconsider the request and make an exception for Sachin.
“I can take names of many people who have sought the FSI illegally. If a world class player like Sachin is asking for FSI legally, why are they refusing it?” said Thackeray at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Why can’t the CM ask for the file and look in to the matter himself? I will meet politicians of all the parties and ask them to take the issue seriously, as Sachin is Maharashtra’s pride,” said Thackeray.
When asked about his take on the India-Pakistan cricket matches during the World Cup, Thackeray said, “It’s the World Cup and we can’t stop anyone from playing a cricket match.”