Uddhav supports mill workers’ cause
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, on Monday, announced his intention to support the cause of mill workers’ and participate in a protest march organised by them on July 28 to put forth their demands of immediate rehabilitation.Updated: Jul 19, 2011 00:44 IST
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, on Monday, announced his intention to support the cause of mill workers’ and participate in a protest march organised by them on July 28 to put forth their demands of immediate rehabilitation.
“The issue of mill workers is one the Shiv Sena has been raising from the time it came into existence. We will stand by them during the morcha and see that they get what has been promised to them,” said Thackeray while talking to the media on Monday after he visited the apartments built for mill workers at the New Hind textile mill, Byculla, where he was accompanied by leaders of the Mill Workers’ Association.
These apartments are yet to be allotted to the workers.
Uddhav alleged, “It seems as though the state government is not interested in allotting homes to mill workers. They are only keen on quickly clearing redevelopment projects of areas such as Bhendi Bazaar.”
Uddhav also slammed the government for constructing transit camps, which are now occupied by encroachers.
“The transit camps should be closed down. We are going to raise this issue in the legislature,” he said.
Interestingly, Uddhav’s estranged cousin and head of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Raj Thackeray has also expressed his desire to be part of the protest meet.
Last week, Raj attacked the state for neglecting the mill workers.
“It is ironic that free houses are being given to migrants while mill workers who have created the city are deprived of the same,” he had said.
He said that all his office bearers and cadres would also join him in supporting the mill workers’ agitation and would participate in the protest meet.
First Published: Jul 19, 2011 00:44 IST