Uddhav criticises Mah Govt for repealing ULC

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Mumbai, Dec 20 (UNI) Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today came down heavily on the Maharashtra Government for repealing the Urban Land Ceiling Act, saying it will displace the original inhabitants and bring the city under the clutches of builders.

''We will not allow any tower to come up here,'' thundered Mr Thackeray while addressing a rally in front of Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) office at Bandra after taking out a mammoth 'Morcha' from Shiv Sena Bhavan in Shivaji Park.

Mr Thackeray said that repealing the Act will force the poor people to move to distant suburbs as they would not be able to purchase costly flats in the country's financial capital.

''This is a fight for all the poor people staying in the city,'' Mr Thackeray added.

Shiv Sena, a party championing the cause of ''Marathi Manoos'' and sons of soil theory, is the only Party opposing the ULCA even as its political ally BJP supports the repealing of the Act.

Mr Thackeray said that development in the city is continuously being ignored. He demanded that the city should get 25 per cent share of the tax it collects.

He questioned where would the ''Marathi Manoos'' stand in the dream of 'Shanghai'.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Manohar Joshi, who was also present at the rally, denied that repealing of the Act was prepared during his tenure as the chief minister.

Leader of the Opposition Ramdas Kadam, Mayor Shubha Raul, Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Desai and others also spoke on the occasion.

UNI

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