NaMo stalls versus Shiv Vada Pav: BJP take on Sena within Mumbai’s civic body

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 28, 2016 11:09 IST
The BJP has proposed has setting up NaMo tea and food stalls across Mumbai to compete with the Shiv Sena’s Shiv Vada Pav. (HT File Photo)

The tussle between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s alliance partners – the Shiv Sena and BJP – has now turned into branding contest.

To counter the Sena’s Shiv Vada Pav, the BJP on Friday proposed setting up NaMo tea and food stalls, named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, across Mumbai.

The proposal was tabled at the BMC’s general body meeting, with BJP corporator and Civic Improvement Committee chairman, Prakash Gangadhare, requesting that license be given for one stall in each of Mumbai’s wards.

The BJP claimed the stalls would help provide employment to both the city’s youth and those coming from drought-hit regions. It further said the stalls, which will be set up in legal vending zones, will help people get bank loans through the Prime Minister Mudra scheme.

“The proposal was put up in the group leaders and once the civic body approves this, the applications from the citizens will be invited. If Shiv Vada Pav can get an approval, then even NaMo tea and food stalls will be approved as it will cater to those in need of jobs,” said Gangadhare.

The BJP and Sena, who are also in an alliance in the state government, have been in a rocky partnership since the BJP came to power in 2014.

Mumbai earlier had Poha stalls put up by the Congress party and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena offering vegetables at low prices.

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