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Uddhav Thackeray backs BMC’s demolition drive against illegal pubs, eateries

The Shiv Sena is in power in the BMC for the past two decades.

| Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2018 8:51:19 pm
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries in the megapolis. Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Thackeray said his party will be firmly in support of the BMC commissioner.

The Shiv Sena is in power in the BMC for the past two decades.

“The civic authorities should first thoroughly confirm that the premises they are going to demolish are not complying with rules and regulations and then take action no matter how influential the owners are. Shiv Sena will be in support of the civic administration,” Thackeray said. “BMC should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries,” the Sena President said.

The Mumbai civic body has started demolition of illegal constructions or alterations at pubs and eateries after a deadly fire at the rooftop pub 1 Above in Kamala Mills compound claimed 14 lives on December 29. The Mumbai Police on Friday announced reward of Rs 1 lakh for those providing information about whereabouts of three absconding owners of 1 Above pub.

Thackeray said it reflects poorly on the police and the state’s home department (which is headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis). “Why the accused can’t be traced and arrested yet,” Thackeray questioned.

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