"The credit definitely goes to our party for this (the announcement)...unfortunately, we had to adopt an aggressive stand on the issue. But before doing that, we had submitted memorandums. This (announcement) is a victory of that process (initiated by the party)," MNS spokesperson Anil Shidore said today.
He contended that disallowing film patrons to carry with them home-cooked or outside food and impelling them to purchase eatables at "exorbitant" rates inside multiplexes went against the "basic rights" of people.
"People should have a choice (from where to buy). You can't say that one doesn't have choice in a democracy," Shidore added.
Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection minister Chavan made the statement in response to a calling attention motion moved by Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, and other members.
The MNS had recently protested against multiplexes charging exorbitant rates for food items and some of its workers had also allegedly assaulted the staff of a multiplex in Pune on June 29 over this issue.
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