matoshree: People Welcome To Chant At Matoshree But With My Family’s Nod, Says Uddhav | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Without naming lawmaker couple Ravi and Navneet Rana, who were arrested following a high-voltage face-off with the Shiv Sena over reciting the Hanuman Chalisa outside the Thackeray family’s home in Bandra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said people are welcome to Matoshree and chant, but “there has to be a proper method and manners”.
Thackeray said he will soon give a befitting reply to the “new and nakli (fake)” advocates of Hindutva by holding a public meeting in Mumbai. He did not name any political party. Speaking at the launch of BEST’s common mobility card in Colaba, Thackeray said “Shiv Sainiks do not believe in Ghantadhari Hindutva, but in Gadadhari Hindutva”.
“In the past, sadhus and sants have visited Matoshree… but they always informed my family in advance and politely sought permission before coming to my residence,” Thackeray said, adding that if anyone tries to use “dadagiri” (force) to come to his house, then Sainiks know how to respond.
Taking a dig at the Opposition’s ‘attempts’ to impose President’s rule in Maharashtra, Thackeray said his son Aaditya has told him that the Prime Minister’s Office was “impressed” and “fascinated” by the green bus stops in Mumbai, which is unique in India. “This is what sets the Sena rule apart from President’s rule. We want the Centre to know this,” the CM said, adding that permission to construct Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was not given by any government, but by the court. Without naming any political party, he said he did not give any value or credence to “useless loudspeakers”.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, environment minister Aaditya Thackeray, transport minister Anil Parab and Sena MP Arvind Sawant graced the event where the state government announced financial aid of Rs 1,000 crore to the cash-strapped BEST for the next four years and released pending gratuity of Rs 483 crore.
Thackeray announced special concessional bus passes for those studying in private schools- Rs 200 monthly pass for students up to Class V, Rs 250 for Class VI-X, and Rs 350 for Class XII. This is in addition to civic schoolkids already getting free travel on the red buses. He directed BEST general manager Lokesh Chandra to soon launch app-based buses to lure corporates and private car owners to switch to red buses for peak hour travel. BEST is the country’s first bus transport body to introduce a national common mobility card, which will be a gamech-anger to encourage digital travel, Thackeray said. Terming it ‘One City, One Card’, he said it can be used for other purposes too like retail and banking.


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