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MNS chief meets Fadnavis over illegal hawking issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid his party’s confrontation with the Congress over illegal hawking in the city, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.The meeting comes after the Congress and MNS workers clashed over a morcha organised by the former at Dadar in support of hawkers on Wednesday.After the one-and-half-hour-long meeting, MNS leaders said Raj, who was accompanied by son Amit and party functionaries Bala Nandgaonkar, Shirish Sawant and Abhijit Panse, had not discussed the hawking issue. However, an MNS leader said the two had met one-on-one after the meeting.Nandgaonkar said they had raised the issue of redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings which had been constructed on the collector’s land in Kalyan and Dombivli, and the need for Maharashtra to have its own “start-up” policy which will create a favourable investment climate for young entrepreneurs.An MNS leader pointed to how the Bombay High Court had said hawking would be permitted only in 221 designated hawking zones but not near schools, hospitals, religious places, railway stations and on foot overbridges (FOBs).”For us, the issue of illegal hawking has ended. We have taken the agitation to a logical end. Lakhs of railway commuters will get relief,” he added.Activists of the MNS, which is known for its anti-migrant stance, had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside suburban railway stations after the Railway administration did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers.After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29 which killed 23 people, Raj, who had organised a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot over bridges and premises. This would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters.TAKING A STANDMNS activists had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside railway stations after the Railways did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers. After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station, The MNS had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, FOBs and rail premises.

Shiv Sena asks MNS not to field candidates in BMC polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Shiv Sena on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) not to field candidates in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections if it is offering ?unconditional? support to the BJP. ?If it doesn’t field candidates then we believe MNS is thinking for ‘Marathi manus’ else it’s apparent that MNS is BJP’s B team,? the Shiv Sena said in a statement. The Shiv Sena has ruled out any alliance with the MNS. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has indicated that he was not keen on any rapprochement with estranged cousin Raj Thackeray. A day after MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar went to Matoshree (Uddhav?s residence) seeking an alliance, the Sena chief said: ?I have not received any proposal. Anyway, the Sena is all prepared to go solo and we will win across Maharashtra.? The MNS leader, earlier on Sunday, was not granted an audience by Uddhav and hence he had to be content meeting Sena leaders like Anil Desai, to whom he proposed an informal alliance. The proposal would include the MNS not fielding any candidates in constituencies where the Sena is strong and in return the Sena would not field any candidates that had sitting MNS corporators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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