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Shiv Sena scion Aditya Thackeray says CM gave nod to his ‘night life’ plan for city

He claimed that the proposal would be legalised by making amendments to the law in the upcoming budget session.

Written by Zeeshan Shaikh | Mumbai |
Updated: February 18, 2015 11:58:49 am
Aditya Thackeray, Mumbai Nightlife, Shiv Sena mumbai nightlife Shiv Sena scion Aditya Thackeray said the CM has accepted my proposal on nightlife and assured me that necessary amendment to laws by March/August session

For a party which was once seen as being a part of the moral brigade, opposed to symbols of western culture and celebration of Valentine’s Day, it is a transformational shift. The liberal face of the Shiv Sena appears to be now on display, with the head of the Shiv Sena’s youth wing, Aditya Thackeray, pushing hard to open up Mumbai’s night life – a move which is bound to resonate well with the youth in one of India’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Last week, the Mumbai police commissioner approved a proposal to allow eating joints and pubs in non-residential zones to remain open through the night, based on a note of the state tourism department, which is keen to project the city as a global financial centre, in line with the chief minister’s plan. On Tuesday, Aditya claimed that the state government had given its nod to allow establishments to be open 24/7. He claimed that the proposal would be legalised by making amendments to the law in the upcoming budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly.

“The CM has accepted my proposal on nightlife and assured me that necessary amendment to laws by March/August session,” Thackeray tweeted.

Thackeray had written to CM Devendra Fadnavis on February 16, in which he requested that the state allow eateries, cafes, malls, theaters and milk shops to be open all night. The BMC, which is controlled by the Shiv Sena, had at the insistence of the junior Thackeray passed a resolution two years ago to allow all night establishments. With polls to the civic body two years down the line, this could be a good political move too to attract the young.

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Fadnavis Tuesday met Aditya, who wanted to discuss the draft prepared by his organisation on allowing restaurants and malls open 24×7 in select areas of Mumbai.

“It opens up vast opportunities. The thriving nightlife will give impetus to economy. Business will benefit as well as government through the existing taxes. For people, it leads to thousands of new jobs and legally open, safer places to spend time after the day ends,” Aditya Thackeray’s letter stated while requesting the government to make the necessary amendments.
zeeshan.shaikh@expressindia.com

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