Security beefed up in Maharashtra; BJP criticises MVA of playing politics over Lakhimpur incident
Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP work together to ensure that Monday’s bandh is a success. The bandh was announced by all the three parties last week.Author : A. Gayatri
To condemn the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that killed four farmers, the Maharashtra ruling alliance, called the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has called for a statewide bandh on Monday, October 11.
Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP work together to ensure that Monday’s bandh is a success. The bandh was announced by all the three parties last week.
During a state cabinet meeting presided over by CM Uddhav Thackeray passed a resolution expressing regret over the deaths in Lakhimpur Kheri, while the ministers had also condoled the unfortunate events that unfolded in Uttar Pradesh.
The security in the state has been increased.
After the cabinet meeting, Irrigation Minister and state NCP president, Jayant Patil, said, “The MVA has called a state-wide bandh on October 11 against the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and appeals to people to participate in the bandh.”
All shops and services will remain shut for today across Maharashtra till 4 pm. Only emergency services such as medical stores, hospitals, and police stations remain operative amid the bandh, while citizens are suggested to come out only when necessary.
“Strict patrolling to be held given the statewide bandh called by Maha Vikas Aghadi on October 11, over Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Striking reserves to be deployed at strategic points, with 3 companies of SRPF, 500 Home Guards & 700 men from Local Arms units,” Mumbai police said.
Congress leaders including state chief Nana Patole and city chief Bhai Jagtap on Monday morning will go to Raj Bhavan and hold a sit-in protest, citing the Uttar Pradesh events as “throttling democracy.”
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had given complete support to the bandh.
“Shiv Sena will participate in the bandh with its full strength. All three parties will actively participate. What happened in Lakhimpur Kheri was a murder of the country’s Constitution, a violation of the law and a conspiracy to kill the farmers of the country. The MVA has announced the bandh to awaken the people of the state and to tell the farmers that we are with them,” Raut had said on Saturday.
A Shiv Sena shakha pramukh from western suburbs said, “We have been told to ensure that shops are closed, but not to get out on the roads and create a din as we are in power.”
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Mahesh Tapase, the chief spokesperson of NCP, said, “People of Maharashtra have expressed their solidarity with victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. NCP cadres along with workers of other parties will see that bandh is ensured.”
The agricultural market produces committees including the Vashi APMC are expected to remain closed during Monday’s bandh.
Meanwhile, the Opposition BJP has criticised the bandh calling it a political game over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar said, “They are trying to capitalise on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. If anyone is forcing the shutting of shops, the BJP will come on the road and stop it.”