Raj Thackeray slammed actor Nana Patekar for supporting street vendors

Vastavam web: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today slammed actor Nana Patekar for supporting the street vendors and said he should not speak on subjects about which he knew nothing.Thackeray said he would send the copy of the Bombay High Court’s directives on hawkers, along with a copy of his letter, to all the police stations, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ward offices and station masters and added that if any street vendor was found hawking in their jurisdiction, he would lodge a contempt of court case against the officials.

Actually, it is our mistake. Why did we not question the municipal corporation and administration that why were these street vendors not provided a place all this while? We are responsible, not the street vendors,” he had said.Slamming Patekar over his comments, the MNS chief said he was a good actor, but he should not talk of issues he knew nothing about.”If he (Patekar) thinks it was the government’s job to take care of the street vendors, why did he start his (NAAM) foundation? It was the government’s job to ensure that water reached everybody. Why did you not ask the government to do its job?” he asked.Thackeray said over the next few days, the MNS office- bearers would be asked to hand over a copy of the court’s directives, along with a copy of his letter, to all the police stations, ward offices and station masters.

“If anybody is still found hawking, I will lodge a contempt of court case against the officials. Then keep going to court for hearings,” he said.Cracking the whip on illegal hawkers in the city, the Bombay High Court had, on November 1, restricted hawking to only the designated zones, while banning the activity on foot and rail overbridges and within 150 metres of railway stations.