MNS workers call for bandh in Maharashtra on Thursday

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

ED issued a notice to Thackeray concerning a money laundering probe into the alleged IL&FS payment default crisis case. Thackeray has been asked by the ED to appear before the investigating officer on August 22.

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers have called for a bandh in Mumbai and other parts of the State on Thursday to protest against the notice from Enforcement Directorate (ED) to party chief Raj Thackeray. 

ED issued a notice to Thackeray concerning a money laundering probe into the alleged IL&FS payment default crisis case. Thackeray has been asked by the ED to appear before the investigating officer on August 22. 

The party leadership claims there are no official directives. Party workers have decided to come to Mumbai from across the State on Thursday to support their chief. MNS leader Abhijeet Panse said there is no decision for a bandh. “Party leaders have scheduled a meeting on Tuesday in Mumbai. But its agenda is not about the ED’s notice or Mumbai bandh,” he claimed. 

However, a party leader from Dadar said the party workers are angry over the notice. “They may do anything in support of their party leader,” he warned. 

MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande alleged that the notice is political vendetta. “The BJP government is playing dirty politics. Thackeray created a sensation during the Lok Sabha poll campaign about the electronic voting machine,” he said. 

Former chief minister Manohar Joshi’s son Unmesh has also been summoned in the same case. On Monday, he deposed before the ED officials. He was questioned for eight hours by the agency at their office. The agency is probing Thackeray’s involvement in the case in connection with the IL&FS group’s investment in a company called Kohinoor CTNL. 

Meanwhile, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have supported Raj Thackeray. On Monday, Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said the government is trying to suppress its opponents. “The BJP is trying to destroy the opposition, as Raj Thackeray had raised his voice against EVMs,” alleged Thorat. NCP leader Vidya Chavan met Raj Thackeray on Monday at his residence and extended support to Thackeray.

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