Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)
chief Raj Thackeray today said that his party will not allow
national carrier Air India as well as civic-body run
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) to be
"Under no circumstances, I will allow privatisation of
BEST. Some people want to privatise Air India too. MNS will
not let that happen," Raj said addressing a meeting of BEST
workers after launching the MNS promoted Union of BEST
He alleged that Air India`s service was purposely allowed
to deteriorate so that people would not patronise it and then
it could be sold off to private parties.
"This is a conspiracy," he added.
Referring to notices issued to him by the police warning
him not to incite violence against taxi and auto-rickshaw
drivers, Raj said he would keep talking about things that were
in the interest of Marathi people.
"It is not that all the taxi or rickshaw drivers are bad
but most of them behave rudely. Thousands of them do not have
licences, documents etc. No one knows who is driving taxis
here," Raj said adding that such laxity facilitated incidents
like bomb blasts.
Praising the BEST service, Raj said it was matchless in
the country. "In Delhi, people don`t use bus service
especially the women there never board buses," he added.
Raj also announced appointment of Avinash Abhyankar as
the president of MNS` BEST Employees Union and Dilip Naik as
the president of MNS promoted union of MCGM workers.