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MNS attacking the poor in Pune to play politics, say hawkers

Party workers forcibly evict hawkers on Ferguson College road, Rajaram Bridge, Sinhagad road

pune Updated: Nov 02, 2017 23:58 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,MNS attacking,say hawkers
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party workers attack hawkers near the Rajaram Bridge, Sinhagad road, on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers on Friday attacked and forcibly evicted unauthorised hawkers at Ferguson College road and Rajaram Bridge on Sinhagad road. However, minutes after MNS workers left the place, hawkers returned to their respective places calling the MNS action a mere “stunt”.

The MNS action came hours after party chief Raj Thackeray met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai to discuss the issue of illegal hawkers.

A group of around 100 MNS workers attacked the hawkers and destroyed their stalls on the footpath. The MNS action came days after the party activists launched action against hawkers in Mumbai following the Elphinstone Road railway station tragedy, where 23 people lost their lives in a stampede.

Reacting to MNS, hawkers said the party was doing this to draw political mileage, but in the process was destroying the lives of poor.

Pappu Yadav, a hawker on Ferguson College road said,”I came here from Bihar with my family to earn roti. MNS is destroying our stalls for their political benefit, how we will survive?”Ajay Shinde, MNS city unit chief said, “We will continue to take action against unauthorised hawkers in the future considering that these migrant hawkers are taking away employment from the locals.”

When MNS workers started attacking hawkers, many of them panicked and fled to nearby areas. However, as the police arrived on the spot, hawkers returned. “We have no way but to return to do business as our livelihood is dependent on this,” said Kuldeep Chaudhari, a hawker.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 23:57 IST