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Politicians root for Mumbai’s nightlife

Baba Siddiqui, Milind Deora and others back citizens’ group that wants archaic laws reviewed.

mumbai Updated: Sep 06, 2012 16:41 IST
Serena Menon

Citizens’ group Mumbai Unite’s campaign against the existing prohibition laws has garnered support from various politicians. Siddharth Khosa, son of Congress MLA Baldev Khosa, recently signed a petition that insists that the Bombay Police Act, 1951, be reviewed and the Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 be repealed. “With his signature, he has also offered the support of his father,” says Nisha Harale, initiator, Mumbai Unite.

Farhan Azmi, restaurateur and son of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, also pledged his support. “He has also promised us a meeting with his father,” says Nisha.

The petition signed by MLA Baba Siddiqui reads: “I hereby support the initiative undertaken by Mumbai Unite against the archaic laws and the much-needed long
overdue amendments in the Bombay Police Act 1951.” Youth Congress member Rahul Kanal, who organised the rally against the laws (it was held in Bandra earlier this year), also agrees with the citizen group’s cause.

Nisha also met Milind Deora, minister of state for Communications and Information Technology. “He has asked us to keep him informed, and told us that we have his complete support. He also assured us that he will try to make our voices heard at the Centre,” says Nisha, who has also roped in the trust of Congress MLA Amin Patel, MLC Ashok Jagtap and former vice-chairman of the Minorities Commission, Dr Abraham Mathai.

Over the next few weeks, members of the group plan to meet MNS chief Raj Thackeray, youth wing leader of Shiv Sena Aditya Thackeray, Poonam Mahajan, Priya Dutt and politicians Gurudas Kamat and Shaina NC. Before getting an audience with the chief minister, the members will meet representatives from the tourism ministry,excise department, human rights commission, police commissioner Satyapal Singh and home minister RR Patil.

“Apart from the laws,the issues discussed with the politicians included awareness programs on drug abuse, moral policing, the 1.30 am deadline, drinking permits and the need for entertainment zones,” says Nisha.