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Raj Thackeray’s Mumbai march HIGHLIGHTS I If you don’t solve our issues, the next march will not be so peaceful: MNS chief

The MNS, which has been struggling to stay relevant since its defeat in the polls, is looking to garner attention and support with this campaign, and has marshalled all its resources to make it a success.

mumbai Updated: Oct 05, 2017 15:14 IST
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MNS chief Raj Thackeray walks along with supporters.(Pratik Chorge/HT)

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray held a protest march in south Mumbai today to demand better rail infrastructure for train commuters, after last week’s stampede at Elphinstone Road station, which claimed 23 lives.

Thackeray started the march from Metro cinema and went up to the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate station.

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS:

3.03pm: “If you don’t solve our [railway] issues, my next march will not be so peaceful,” says Thackeray

3.01pm: “The voice of opposition will rise,” says Thackeray

2.59pm: “Government focussing on trivial issues such as demonetisation, Swachh Bharat, yoga, GST, instead of real issues,” he says

2.57pm: “A false picture of Gujarat’s development was painted,” says Thackeray

2.56pm: “Farmers won’t get loan waiver,” says Thackeray

2.55pm: “Whom is the bullet rain going to benefit? You’ll run bullet trains for a handful of people in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, but people who will get no benefit are going to pay,” says Thackeray

2.54pm: “Was the first person to object to bullet train,” says Thackeray

2.53pm: “Prabhu ousted because he said no to bullet train,” says Thackeray

2.52pm: Thackeray targets Modi, BJP government over demonetisation and economic slowdown

2.50pm: “The problems surrounding railways are not new. Couldn’t look at the sad visuals of stampede,” says Thackeray

2.48pm: “If you don’t trust somebody and they break your trust , it is OK. If you trust and they break it, it is not OK,” says Thackeray on government

2.45pm: “If the authorities fail to do so, MNS workers will come on to the streets, after which the authorities will be responsible for the consequences,” says Thackeray

2.44pm: Hawkers on FOBs of all stations on CR and WR should be evicted within 15 days, he says.

2.41pm: “People wanted me to take the train, but that would have led to another stampede,” says Thackeray

2.40pm: Raj Thackeray on stage

2.35pm: A woman faints during the protest march.

2.32pm: “The government can’t provide decent toilets, but they talk of achhe din,” says Deshpande

2.25pm: “Usually, the state government issues notices to those writing on social media. The crowd gathered over here is like a notice being given by people to the Fadnavis government,” says Sandeep Deshpande

2.18pm: Thackeray enters the WR building with the delegation

2.13pm: Thackeray reaches railway headquarters

2.07pm: Supporters shout slogans against the government

2.03pm: Amit Thackeray heads towards the stage

2pm: The march sees supporters from across the state

1.56pm: The morcha reaches Churchgate

1.55pm: Party says the march is to express anger after the Mumbai stampede

1.54pm: This is the first time in five years that the MNS chief is actually stepping out on the streets for a protest.

1.53pm: Thackeray to address crowd after the march. The MNS, which has been struggling to stay relevant since its defeat in the polls, is looking to garner attention and support with this campaign, and has marshalled all its resources to make it a success. 

1.45pm: Supporters hold placards questioning government apathy that led to the Mumbai stampede.

1.39pm: Denied permission, MNS workers protest at WR headquarters at Churchgate: ANI

1.36pm: The march begins

1.35pm: Thackeray’s wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter Urvashi participate in the march

1.34pm: Supporters gather near Metro Cinema, the starting point of the march

1.30pm: Protest march to start soon

1.29pm: The delegation includes members from Kasara-Kalyan passengers’ group

1.28pm: Thackeray reaches Metro Cinema. MNS chief and 18 others to meet railway officials to discuss the Mumbai stampede and other infra issues

1.20pm: Thackeray’s vehicle crosses Girgaum chowpatty

1.13pm: Thackeray has reached Peddar Road. Traffic snarls on the way.

1.07pm: Sharmila Thackeray reaches the venue

12.58pm: Thackeray still to reach. Supporters blame the delay on traffic snarls.

12.56pm: Mumbai police deploys personnel near the stage

12.57pm: Some MNS workers found travelling without ticket on local trains

12.56pm: Supporters waiting for Thackeray at the venue

12.55pm: Authorities not letting in people at the WR headquarters and station building at Churchgate without ID cards

12.51pm: Some exit points at Churchgate have been shut

12.41pm: The stage is almost ready

12.38pm: Raj Thackeray leaves from home

12.33pm: Women supporters at the forefront. Start shouting slogans against the apathy of railway administration

12.20pm: Protesters start gathering. Thackeray still to reach.

12.12pm: Raj Thackeray’s wife Sharmila, son Amit Thackeray on their way to the protest venue

12.08pm: MNS supporters reach CST and Marine Lines station

12.05pm: “We don’t have police permission, but we will still go ahead with the protest march,” says MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande.

12.01pm: A dance troupe keeps protesters entertained

11.49am: Supporters start gathering near Metro Cinema

11.45am: Workers start erecting the stage on trucks at Churchgate

11.43am: Heavy traffic snarls around Metro Cinema, where the march will start

11.40am: Morcha trouble for dabbawalas, as the road has been blocked. They are now forced to go to the opposite lane

11.37am: MNS arranges for trucks to transport protesters to the venue.

11.36am: Police personnel stationed near Metro cinema, where the march will start

11.30am: MNS chief Raj Thackeray to soon start from home

11.25am: People from as far as Pune have come walking for the protest march at Mumbai

First Published: Oct 05, 2017 11:31 IST