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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray bats demolition drive against illegal joints

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries in the megapolis.

Talking to reporters, Thackeray said his party will be firmly in support of the BMC chief. The Shiv Sena is in power in the BMC for the past two decades. “The civic authorities should first thoroughly confirm that the premises they are going to demolish are not complying with rules and regulations and then take action no matter how influential the owners are. Shiv Sena will be in support of the civic administration,” Thackeray said.

“BMC should not succumb to political pressure while carrying out the demolition of illegal pubs and eateries,” the Sena President said.

The BMC started demolition of illegal constructions or alterations at pubs and eateries after a fire at ‘1Above’ pub claimed 14 lives.

Thackeray said Mumbai Police announcing reward of Rs 1 lakh for those providing information about whereabouts of three absconding owners of ‘1Above’ reflects poorly on the police and the state’s home department (which is headed by CM  Devendra Fadnavis).

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