Former deputy Mayor of BJP Babubhai Bhawanji was today detained by police when he and his supporters gathered at Dadar in Central Mumbai to sit on an indefinite hunger strike for the cause of hawkers in the city.
Bhawanji alleged the Shiv Sena, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) and police are dealing with hawkers in a cruel manner despite the Constitution granting equal rights to every citizen to practice profession of his or her choice.
He demanded hawkers should be allowed to sell their wares at skywalks in the city that are lying under-utilised until a comprehensive policy comes into force.
The MNS projects itself as the true custodian of Marathi-speaking people in the city given that most of the hawkers are north Indians.
The Shiv Sena, which used to target hawkers in the past, appeared to have mellowed down a bit probably due to political expediency.
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