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Power bill issue: MNS stages statewide protest march, party workers detained

After the Raj Thackeray-led party tried to take out a morcha in Thane city, the police detained over 200 MNS workers and local functionaries. Meanwhile, at least 36 party workers were detained by the Aurangabad police on November 26 over inflated bills..

Power bill issue: MNS stages statewide protest march, party workers detained
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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Thursday, November 24, staged a statewide protest against inflated power bills. The party took a protest rally at the office of the district collector at Bandra East in Mumbai and Thane.

After the Raj Thackeray-led party tried to take out a morcha in Thane city, the police detained over 200 MNS workers and local functionaries.

Around 200 workers they assembled at the party office in Thane and they started walking towards the collectorate shouting slogans over the issue of the inflated bills. The police had denied permission for the march a day earlier.

While talking to reporters, a former corporator from Mumbai and MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said, “We have made several requests to the government yet there is no respite for the common man. People have lost jobs owing to the pandemic and struggling with daily expenses. The state must provide relief to consumers.”

Meanwhile, at least 36 party workers were detained by the Aurangabad police on November 26 after they tried to take out a protest march against inflated power bills. The MNS had planned the protest march from Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Chowk to the Collector's Office in Aurangabad.

The MNS district chief Suhas Dashrathe told reporters that even after being stopped by the police, the party will continue agitating against excess power bills issued to consumers in the state.

Following the announcement by state energy minister Nitin Raut that the state will not be providing relief to consumers regarding the inflated bills they received during the pandemic, the MNS threatened to take an aggressive stand on the issue.

Earlier, MNS supremo Raj Thackeray had also met Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari demanding a waiver or relief in regards to inflated electricity bills.

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