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MNS irked over hawking zone near Raj Thackeray’s house in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has demarcated 20 hawking pitches in two lanes near Krishnakunj, Raj Thackeray’s house

mumbai Updated: Jan 17, 2018 10:20 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Mumbai news,politics
There are no hawking zones near Matoshree, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s house, at Bandra. (Picture for representation)

If the municipal corporation’s plans materialise, then the area outside Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief’s house at Shivaji Park will soon be teeming with hawkers.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has demarcated 20 hawking pitches in two lanes near Krishnakunj, Raj Thackeray’s house. There are no hawking zones near Matoshree, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s house at Bandra.

This gave MNS another reason to lash out at Shiv Sena, which rules the BMC.

On Tuesday, the MNS alleged that the Shiv Sena had deliberately marked hawking pitches outside its chief Raj Thackeray’s house but steered clear of Shiv Sena chief’s residence.

MNS leader Santosh Dhuri said, “This has been orchestrated by the Sena to hit the MNS below the belt. It is petty politics. The lanes in front and behind Krishnakunj are marked with 20 hawking pitches. At present, both the lanes have no hawkers and are residential areas. There is no logic to this allotment.”

Raj Thackeray will meet senior MNS leaders on Wednesday to take a call on the party’s course of action. Since the BMC has invited suggestions and objections for hawking zones, the MNS has decided to send its objections on the hawking zone near Krishnakunj.

Another MNS leader requesting anonymity said, “Hawking pitches are marked in areas which has heavy footfall, especially areas around tourist sites and markets. A hawking zone around Raj Thackeray’s house will spoil its peace and may even become a security issue.”

Shiv Sena has refuted the allegations. Sena spokesperson and MP from South Mumbai Arvind Sawant said, “It is a civic issue. But as far as its political side is concerned, there is none. Whoever made the allegations should point out space outside Matoshree. They are the ones making this a political issue.”

Deputy municipal commissioner Nidhi Choudhari said that the hawking pitches have only been proposed. “They will be made final after citizens’ feedback and the decision by the town vending committee. If citizens’ objections are valid, some pitches can be dropped and new ones can be redrawn,” he added.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 09:14 IST