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Key man behind Sena`s vada pav scheme resigns

Last Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 22:48

Mumbai: The campaign led by Nitesh, son of
Maharashtra Minister Narayan Rane, against `illegal` Shiv Vada
Pav stalls in the metropolis, on Thursday got a boost with a key man
behind the Shiv Sena-run scheme joining hands with him.

Shiv Vada Pav Vikreta Sangh President Sanjay Gurav,
who has approached Nitesh-led NGO Swabhimaan Sanghathana, also
alleged that the Sena has pocketed Rs 15-20 Lakh through this
Gurav, in whose name Shiv Vada Pav stalls were
registered, resigned from the Sena today. He accused the party
of cheating many unemployed Marathi youths by allotting them
"illegal" vada pav (a popular street food) outlets at various
locations across the financial capital.

"I had met Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and (Sena Executive
President) Uddhav Thackeray several times and complained about
illegal Vada Pav stalls being given to youths. But they took
no action and so I had to resign and approach Swabhimaan
Sanghathana to join their fight against Shiv Vada Pav stalls,"
Gurav told reporters here.

"Through this scheme, approximately Rs 15-20 lakh has
been pocketed by the Sena," Gurav alleged.
Explaining the process of selling the stalls, Gurav
said, "The stalls are given to unemployed Marathi youth for Rs
40,000 each. Also an agreement fee of Rs 15,000 per stall is
charged where a clause states that if BMC razes these stalls,
they would not be held responsible for the same.

Currently, there are 125 Shiv Vada Pav stalls in the
metropolis. The Sena branded vada pav was launched over two
years ago with the stated aim to provide employment avenue to
the Marathi youths.

On July 5, authorities of the Mumbai civic body,
controlled by the Sena-BJP combine, removed around 80 illegal
stalls, some of them of Shiv Vada Pav.

"Since BMC is run by Sena anything illegal planned or
executed by Shiv Sena is assumed to be considered legal. If
BMC does not succeed in demolishing all the Shiv Vada Pav
stalls, we will recommence our Chhatrapati Vada Pav movement,"
Nitesh warned.

"We want to expose how the Shiv Sena is betraying
Marathi people by giving them illegal stalls," he said.

"We intend to come up with a different kind of scheme
that would create employment and benefit the people," Nitesh

On July 1, Nitesh had inaugurated his `Chhatrapati
Vada Pav` stall in front of a Shiv Vada Pav stall in suburban

Nitesh admits that his stall is `illegal` but has
warned Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities
that if they want to take action against the stall, they must
raze the Shiv Sena`s illegal stalls as well.


First Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 22:48
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