Don’t be surprised if the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) cadres land up on your door and request you to keep your surroundings clean.
This was the dictat given by MNS chief Raj Thackeray to his party men on Monday when he announced a cleanliness drive to tackle malaria.
“Approach the residents of your locality and request them not to litter,” said Thackeray. He told them to set an example by not littering themselves. He also told his cadres to clean up the surroundings themselves.
“Do it for the city. The day is not far when this disease will reach your homes. Join the BMC staff and join the cleanliness drive,” he added.
He warned his cadres not to indulge in publicity stunts by posing for photographs during the campaign. Thackeray was addressing his new party office bearers at a function at Mahim. In the last two months, about 30 people have died while thousands have been admitted in the hospitals for malaria.
Thackeray accused the BMC of fudging figures of the number of malaria deaths.
BMC Health Committee Chairman and Shiv Sena corporator Ashwini Mate denied this saying: “Even if we clean the city in the morning, it tends to get dirty by evening,” she added.