‘Maharashtra Bandh’ on Monday, what will open, what will it be closed?
Maha Vikas Aghadi has given a call for ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ on Monday (October 11) in protest against Lakhimpur Khiri Violence, UP. After Pune, the traders of Mumbai-Thane have also opposed this Maharashtra bandh. Traders have decided that they will keep the shops open on Monday. Viren Shah has said on behalf of the Mumbai Traders Association that ‘they understand the plight and pain of the farmers, support them, sympathize with them. But traders should not be dragged into this bandh.
After Mumbai, Pune and Thane, the traders associations of Nagpur and Aurangabad have also announced to open shops. Raj Thackeray’s party MNS’s cine wing president Amey Khopkar has also opposed the bandh saying, ‘Let the politics of political parties begin, but the shooting of films will not stop.’ He says that we support the farmers but bearing the financial burden of keeping the shooting closed is now unbearable for the employees of the film industry.
The supply of vegetables will be affected, essential services will be open
An important news for the people of Mumbai-Thane and its surroundings is that the APMC market of Navi Mumbai will remain closed on Monday. Vegetables are supplied from here in Mumbai and nearby areas. Pune market committee will also be involved in the bandh. Similarly, Solapur Agricultural Produce Market Committee will also be involved in the bandh. Hence the supply of vegetables is bound to be affected.
But essential services like hospitals, medicine shops have been kept out of the bandh across the state. Only the parties supporting the bandh are running the government. Therefore, these parties have made it clear by holding a press conference that ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ is not being called by the state government, a bandh is being called at the level of the parties involved in the Maharashtra government. These parties have appealed to the public to make the bandh successful.
NCP, Shiv Sena appeal to make bandh successful, Congress will also observe silence
In protest against the Lakhimpur violence in UP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has given a call to make the bandh successful in a peaceful manner. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik has demanded the resignation of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, father of Lakhimpur violence accused Ashish Mishra. Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut from Shiv Sena have appealed to their workers and leaders to make the bandh successful. Congress state president Nana Patole has appealed to the Congress workers and leaders to protest silently in front of the Raj Bhavan. Congress will protest by observing a fast of silence in front of the Raj Bhavan from 12 noon.
Traders from Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad came out in protest against the bandh
Viren Shah said on behalf of Mumbai’s Traders Association that, ‘shops will remain open on Monday. We support farmers. But the shopkeepers should not be dragged into the bandh. Barely shops have been able to start properly after Corona. At present, it is becoming difficult to pay salary to the staff. Traders of Thane have also decided to open shops.
‘Will wear strips of black tape in support of farmers, but will also run shops’
Sachin Nivangune, president of Pune District Retail Association, announced that, ‘The crippling economic situation due to Corona is just beginning to recover. In such a situation, we are not in a position to keep the shops closed. For the support of the farmers, we will definitely do so much that we will wear a band of black tape but we will also run shops. Traders in Nagpur and Aurangabad have also declared that they cannot support the closure of shops during festivals. That is why even in Nagpur and Aurangabad, traders are adamant on opening shops.
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