Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray accused BJP government in Maharashtra of being involved in auto rickshaws scam and urged his party workers to burn newly-registered autos driven by non-Maharashtrians.
Thackeray said that 70 per cent of new auto-rickshaw permits were given to non Marathis.
“If any such auto with a new permit is seen plying on the road, those sitting inside will be asked to come out and the auto will be set on fire…Since Shiv Sena holds the state Transport portfolio, I want to ask how much is it getting in the deal,” he said addressing a gathering of party supporters on the occasion of MNS’s 10th foundation day.
“The government has done away with norms like asking for a domicile certificate and a letter from the CID before handing out auto permits to those seeking it, so that they can anyhow grant 70,000 permits in the coming days,” Thackeray said.
“The cost of each auto is Rs 1.7 lakh and Rahul Bajaj’s company (Bajaj Auto) has the lot of 70,000 autos ready. It means that this is a business of Rs 1,190 crore,” he said.
Raj claimed that around 70 per cent of those given new permits are non-Marathi and demanded that only sons of the soil should be given licences.
Thackeray said “All rules are being trampled upon to offer autos to those coming to Mumbai from other states, and to see that Bajaj Auto reaps profits. I want (chief minister) Devendra Fadnavis to come up with a convincing answer.”