Cases against Nanar refinery protesters Dropped by Maharashtra Government


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Days after coming in power, Uddhav Thackeray government has withdrawn all cases against the agitators protesting against the Nanar refinery project in the state. Uddhav Thackeray is the leader of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which is a collation of NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena. The swearing-in of the party was held on 29th November and they passed the floor test on 30th November. 

The order to withdraw all cases against people protesting at the Nanar refinery project came in on Monday. It is noteworthy that, Shiv Sena was against opposed the oil refinery project in Ratnagiri and demanded its sacking. The 3 lakh crore project was stalled after the protests by Shi Sena. 

The move of withdrawing cases against the people protesting for Nanar refinery comes days after CM Uddhav Thackeray withdrew the case against the activists that were protesting against the cutting of trees in the Aarey area. The trees in Aarey were being cut to make way for the car shed for Metro 3 (Bandra-Sweeps-Colaba) way. Apart from this, they have also now put a stop for all the construction in the area and it is under review. 

Announcing this move,  Uddhav Thackeray had said that not a single leaf can now be cut in Aarey till they do a full review. While the green activists and environmentalist have welcomed the move, the opposition has termed these as anti-development. 

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