On the day that the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) started distributing forms for its flats in Mumbai,the Shiv Sena demanded that the same be allotted to the Marathi Manoos,who is being forced out of the city as housing has become unaffordable.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna,the Shiv Sena said that it wont be wrong to demand that MHADA-built flats be allotted to the Marathi Manoos at least in the state capital. He said the city had been usurped by builders,putting houses out of reach of the locals. In an attempt to wrest back the Marathi issue from Raj Thackeray,the party also claimed that locals were being forced out of the city because of lack of housing for them.
The Sena article further said that in Mumbais Malad and Malvani MHADA schemes of 850 flats,over one lakh applications had been received and over the next two days close to five lakh would be sold.
Questioning the need for selling so many applications when there were just 850 flats,the article said that the computer lottery system may not tilt for the Marathi Manoos and they would have to wait for the next announcement of selling of forms.
Let the state Government have a quota and at least 80 per cent of the flats be sold to Marathi Manoos, the article said. The editorial also pointed out that the new Chief Minister,Ashok Chavan,handles the Housing Department. With mills,which sustained the locals dying,and being replaced by malls,a proposal had been made to give land to the Marathi Manoos. Even this hadnt been done,the Sena complained.