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Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena rake up ‘Marathi manoos’ issue

The leaders opposed the policy saying most people living in illegal slums are migrants from northern states.

Written by Tanushree Venkatraman | Mumbai |
March 20, 2015 1:40:04 am
The Bombay High Court (HC) has slammed BMC several times for not framing a policy to supply water to people residing in slums that came into existence in the city after January 1, 2000.

The Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) corporators in the BMC on Thursday raked up the ‘sons of soil’ issue again while discussing BMC’s new policy on supplying water to illegal slums in the city.

The leaders opposed the policy saying most people living in these slums are migrants from northern states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said, “People come and set up illegal hutments in the city because their states are not developed enough.

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It is BMC’s fault that they let these illegal slums come up in the city. Why should BMC provide water to these people who are residing in illegal slums? Mumbaikars can’t be burdened any more.”

The Bombay High Court (HC) has slammed BMC several times for not framing a policy to supply water to people residing in slums that came into existence in the city after January 1, 2000.

Supporting the MNS on the issue, senior Sena corporator and leader of the house in the BMC Trushna Vishwasrao said, “We are completely against this new policy. Illegal hutments cannot get water because these are people coming from outside.

This move will only burden the ‘true’ citizens of this city. We demand that the administration approach the Supreme Court against the HC’s order.” In an affidavit filed earlier in March, BMC has now asked for a three-week extension from the HC before the proposal is passed by the standing committee and presented to the HC.

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