With the ongoing tussle between the ruling coalition in Maharashtra sharpening by the day, the saffron alliance in the BMC is at loggerheads over the BJP’s proposal to set up NaMo Tea Stalls and NaMo Food Stalls across the city.
The stalls, according to the BJP, will help provide employment to youth across Mumbai, including those who have migrated to city from Marathwada due to drought, said BJP corporator Prakash Gangadhare, who moved the proposal. Gangadhare said a report has been sought from civic chief Ajoy Mehta on it. The proposal was discussed in the group leaders’ meeting on Friday.
The move is being seen as an attempt to counter Shiv Sena’s Shiv Vada Pav scheme, launched in 2011 to provide employment to ‘sons of the soil’.
“Licences of many Shiv Vada Pav stalls have been cancelled. We will see if the civic chief allows NaMo stalls. If yes, we will strongly oppose the move and demand licences for Shiv Vada Pav stalls,” said Trushna Vishwarao, Sena corporator.