Hitting out at the BJP-led Maharashtra government, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Thursday said that ‘Achchhe Din’ was only limited to the bar owners of the state.
“I have only understood one thing clearly. Ab ki baar it is only dance bar and Achchhe Din only for dance bar owners,” Raj Thackeray said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government to grant licenses to dance bars by March 15.
“When the Congress-NCP coalition was in power, the Assembly had unanimously decided to ban dance bars. At that time the then state BJP president and the present chief minister had said that because the government’s heart was not into banning dance bars, the government had not put forth its side effectively before the Supreme Court. Look what has happened now. Have you also forgotten to do your homework and lost your will or you have made an arrangement with dance bar owners?” he asked.
Thackeray said it was appalling that even as the common man was facing hardships, the state is prioritising issues such as reopening of dance bars.
“The commitment that the state has shown to reopen dance bars should be shown in other areas of governance that will help people. And if it is only about generating employment, then Matka, betting, theft and dacoity should be legalised,” Thackeray said.
He also questioned the BJPs role as a cultural guardian.
“The BJP promotes itself as the guardian of Indian culture. Its women’s wing had opposed these dance bars. It is now to be seen that with its government both at the Centre and the state does on this issue,” Thackeray said.