Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday lashed out at actor Nana Patekar for backing the street vendors, saying the latter should not speak on subjects about which he has little understanding.
Thackeray asserted he would send the copy of the Bombay High Court’s directives on hawkers, along with a copy of his letter, to all the police stations, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ward offices and station masters and added that if any street vendor was found hawking in their jurisdiction, he would register a contempt of court case against the officials.
Patekar, while speaking at an event at the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI)on Friday, came out in support of street vendors, saying that they were not at fault and that they were doing only their job to satiate their hunger.
“We cannot take away their source of livelihood.... Actually, it is our mistake. Why did we not question the municipal corporation and administration that why were these street vendors not provided a place all this while? We are responsible, not the street vendors,” he had said.
Slamming Patekar over his comments, the MNS chief said he was a good actor, but he should not talk of issues he knew nothing about.
“If he (Patekar) thinks it was the government’s job to take care of the street vendors, why did he start his (NAAM) foundation? It was the government’s job to ensure that water reached everybody. Why did you not ask the government to do its job?” he asked.
Thackeray said Patekar did not speak up when Marathi films did not get slots in the theatres and added that it was his party which had ensured that regional films got prime time slots.
He said if the hawkers were poor, then so were the 60-70 lakh salaried class people commuting by local trains daily and added that that vendors could at least spend Rs 100 every day as ‘hafta’, but a common man could not even do that.
Thackeray said over the next few days, the MNS office-bearers would be asked to hand over a copy of the court’s directives, along with a copy of his letter, to all the police stations, ward offices and station masters.
“If anybody is still found hawking, I will lodge a contempt of court case against the officials. Then keep going to court for hearings,” he said. (With PTI Inputs)