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Politicians play it safe, support auto drivers and commuters

Major political parties across the city have condemned the auto rickshaw drivers strike, which held commuters to ransom and paralysed the city on Monday.

mumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2011 02:18 IST

Major political parties across the city have condemned the auto rickshaw drivers strike, which held commuters to ransom and paralysed the city on Monday.

The Congress minced no words in their criticism of rickshaw drivers.Spokesperson Nizammudin Reeyan said: “We are open to talks, but not when we are pressurised.”
“People are fed up. These tactics should be put to an end immediately,” said Sena leader Subhash Desai.

The Nationalist Congress Party, of which Rao is a leader, sympathised with commuters. “We will not tolerate anyone who causes problems for citizens,” said state minister Sachin Ahir.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena — while showing disapproval for the inconvenience caused to commuters — expressed sympathy towards rickshaw drivers. “We don’t mind them getting their due, but not at the cost of citizens,” said Madhav Bhandari, spokesperson, Mumbai BJP. “These kind of sporadic protests are wrong.”

“The rickshaw driver is a part of the society and is also facing price rise. We need to thrash out a solution,” said MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar.

Citizens groups staunchly opposed any hike in tarrifs and want a crackdown by the state. “This is blackmail and is against democratic norms,” said Sharad Kumar, Trustee, Action for Good Governance and Networking in India “Price rise has affected everyone, why should only auto drivers protest?