MNS turns attention to cabbies, auto drivers
After ransacking multiplexes, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has returned to take on its old favourites—autorickshaw and taxi drivers. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2010 03:20 IST
After ransacking multiplexes, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has returned to take on its old favourites—autorickshaw and taxi drivers.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray visited the Mumbai traffic police headquarters at Worli on Wednesday and demanded a crackdown on taxi and autorickshaw drivers, who refuse to ferry commuters.
“The traffic police should appoint a special officer and also set up a helpline to deal with complaints against these errant drivers,” Raj said in a memorandum submitted to Joint Police Commissioner (Traffic) Vivek Phansalkar.
Raj said traffic police should publicise the helpline number at major junctions and should ensure strict punitive action, including hefty fines, against offenders.
He also blamed taxi and auto rickshaw drivers for traffic violations and alleged that they possessed fake licences.
The main reason for this, according to critics, is that this trade is dominated by the north Indians against whom the MNS has been running a sustained campaign. The MNS had been accusing the community of taking away jobs from locals.
“We also want these errant drivers to be penalised but Raj Thackeray’s sole motive is to derive political mileage from the issue,” said Munna Tripathi, president of Uttar Bhartiya Vikas Parishad, an organisation working for the welfare of north Indians
in the state. “There are so many issues but he is deliberately targeting the drivers because they are mostly from North India.”