An auto-rickshaw was set on fire by unidentified people in the Andheri locality of Mumbai on Thursday evening and ‘Raj Thackeray Zindabad’ slogans were raised by them .
The shocking incident took place after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Raj Thackeray threatened government that three-wheelers with new permits will be set on fire.
The witnesses said that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers burnt the autorickshaw as they were wwearing the band of MNS
The local police, which is probing the case, said the miscreants were “unidentified people” and there is no clarity on who was behind it.
Raj Thackeray alleged that there is a nexus between Devendra Fadnavis government and Bajaj automakers for issuing new permits to 70,000 new auto rickshaws driven by non-Maharashtrians.
“The government is going to issue 70,000 new rickshaw permits and all of them to outsiders. It should have been given to Marathi youths… But I tell you what to do. If you see new auto on the road, stop it, ask passenger to get down and burn it,” Thackeray said.
Bajaj will be selling 70 thousand autos and government issued 70,000 licenses in haste,” he said. “The revenue for new autos is worth Rs 9011 crore, wonder how much the will kickback will be?” Thackeray added.
His comments drew sharp reactions from opposition parties in the state, with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party condemning Thackeray’s “hate politics”.
While the Congress said that the MNS chief should be booked for his provocative speech.
Bihar deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav had hit back, saying, “I want to tell Raj Thackeray that Maharashtra is not anyone’s ‘baap ki jageer’ (father’s property)”.