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Mumbai: BEST strike enters 7th day; MNS threatens to hit streets today

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Mumbai, Jan 14: The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) staff's strike enters its seventh day on Monday, and around 27 lakh commuters using the undertaking's buses will face Monday morning blues.

BEST strike enters 7th day; MNS threatens to hit streets today

One of the demands of the BEST workers who are on strike since last week is merger of the budgets of the BMC and the loss-making BEST. The Sena had promised merger of the budgets during the civic poll campaign in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, threatened to hit the streets on Monday if the state government, BMC administration and the ruling parties failed to find a solution and end the strike.

The BEST staff have gone on an indefinite strike to press for three demands: a) Merging of BEST with the BMC budget; b) Wage agreement for employees, including provisions of 7th Pay Commission; c) Bringing salary slabs of 14,000 junior employees, underpaid since 2011, at par with other employees of the same grade

Mumbai South Central Fact Check
Year
Candidate's Name Party Result Vote Vote Share Margin
2014
Rahul Ramesh Shewale SHS Winner 3,81,275 50% 1,38,342
Eknath M. Gaikwad INC Runner Up 2,42,933 32% 0
2009
Eknath M. Gaikwad INC Winner 2,57,523 43% 75,706
Suresh Anant Gambhir SHS Runner Up 1,81,817 30% 0
2004
Mohan Rawale SHS Winner 1,28,536 37% 22,188
Ahir Sachin NCP Runner Up 1,06,348 31% 0
1999
Mohan Vishnu Rawale SHS Winner 1,76,323 48% 79,036
A Majeed Memon Advocate SP Runner Up 97,287 26% 0
1998
Mohan Vishnu Rawale SHS Winner 1,71,376 43% 153
Principal Suhail Lokhandwala SP Runner Up 1,71,223 43% 0
1996
Mohan Vishnu Rawale SHS Winner 1,73,900 47% 58,652
Datta Samant SP Runner Up 1,15,248 31% 0

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