The Shiv Sena, which is still smarting from the criticism of its recent acts of moral policing, has directed its transport wing to ensure that all party-goers reach home safely on New Year’s Eve.
Members of the union have also been instructed to report untoward incidents to the nearest police station.
The Maharashtra Shiv Vahtuk Sena Transport Union, the transport wing of the Shiv Sena, has stated that its members will be posted outside various pubs and nightclubs in the city, to ferry guests back home. According to party President Haji Arafat Shaikh, more than 10,000 taxi drivers and 12,000 rickshaw drivers who are affiliated to the party, have been assigned to this task.
“Our drivers will not deny anyone a ride, but the first priority will be given to women. We have planned it in such a way that at every taxi or auto stand, one in three autos will be reserved for women,” said Shaikh. “Drivers will help any women who faces trouble and will inform the police if they spot harassment,” he added. The Union has also claimed it conducted a personality development workshop for its members, to prevent them from drinking and driving.
Posters of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya will be plastered on taxis and autos affiliated to the Union along with a helpline number, which passengers can call if they are refused a ride.