Mumbai: On Thursday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray while addressing the rally over the parel-elphinstone stampe issue, extending his speech demanded the Western and the Central Railway administration to clear hawkers from stations and foot over bridges on both lines within the span of 15 days. If not followed, his party will be forced to take the charge on the 16th day to do so.
According to reports, Thackeray during his rally, had urged all the Mumbaikars to participate in the rally in large numbers. For which security forces had been deployed to prevent any untoward incident during Thackeray’s one-km march.
In his speech, he clearly specified that if the mess is not cleared in a fortnight’s time, this protest was a peaceful one but the next protest march of MNS will be a violent one.
In the aftermath of the stampede, Raj Thackeray has warned that until and unless all the suburban commuters’ issues get resolved, he would not allow the Bullet Train project to go ahead at no cost.
Demarking over the last week’s stampede situation he accused PM Narendra Modi for being ignorant to the real issues by “wasting time” on Swachh Bharat and yoga.
Along with a delegation of his party men, Thackeray also met some officials at the Western Railways headquarters to discuss about the improvements which he would want to see in the amenities on the railway stations of Mumbai.
After the meeting, he conveyed to the party workers that he has given an ultimatum of 15 days to the Central and Western Railway for removing all hawkers encroaching foot-over-bridges at railway stations across the city.
Also, in his written memorandum, Thackeray has made one more mention about the absence of public toilets at both ends of all stations in the city. Thackeray told the Railway officials that he will meet them again after three months and take a look at all the pointers that has been highlighted to them. And to check whether they have acted upon same or no. He has further added the demand for an increase in special local trains for women.
He stated that people have now started speaking the truth against the government with courage and he says, “I urge courts, the Election Commission and even newspaper editors not to bow under pressure from the Modi government. Governments keep on changing. They should take fair calls.”