Mumbai, July 14 (ANI): In turf battle ahead of state polls in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has promised houses in Mumbai to state's bona-fide residents.
Having lost ground to its faction, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, over hardline political posturing, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray led a bunch of party activists and supporters to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) head office demanding that non-Maharashtrians should be barred in that allotment of shelters.
"In another two to three months, Shiv Sena is confident of coming to power and then our government will provide 500 square feet area houses to Marathi 'manoos' (bona-fide residents of Maharashtra) to ensure that they need not go out of Mumbai to reside.
Marathi manoos is entitled to shelter and none else. This is our stand," said Thackeray.
"In Mumbai, the houses are built by the MMRDA for the poor. These houses are also grabbed by builders. Immigrants from Bihar and Bangladesh are begging for accommodation whereas what we are demanding is proper accommodation from government which is our right," he added.
The MMRDA last month announced that it would provide 43,000 homes at a rent starting as low as Rupees 800 per month.
The project is aimed at reducing the number of slums in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena members feel that the housing scheme doesn't give preference to Maharashtrians and would encourage outsiders to settle in Mumbai.
Maharashtra will hold elections to state assembly by October and the migrants' issue could swing votes. (ANI)