Mumbai NCP President Nawab Malik forcibly tries to inaugurate Chunabhatti-BKC flyover

The Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief alleged that the officials were intentionally delaying the inauguration of the flyover to suit the chief minister's convenience

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Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Nawab Malik on Sunday tried to forcibly inaugurate the Chunabhatti-BKC flyover. Malik accused that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials were deliberately not throwing open the road link to suit the schedule of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

In the recently-concluded Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019, NCP won 13 seats more in as compared to its 2014 tally, which can be a reason behind the party taking an aggressive stand on public issues.

Meanwhile, Malik and thousands of NCP workers assembled in Everard Nagar area in Chunabhatti and were stopped by police ahead of the Priyadarshini bridge located nearby the new flyover. Eventually, the Mumbai NCP chief then climbed an earth-mover brought along by the workers to demolish the temporary prohibitory wall at the newly-built flyover.

However, the MMRDA officials then requested the leader to withdraw the protest and complying to their request, Malik called off the protest.

MMRDA officials have assured me that the bridge will be opened for traffic in the next eight days. Hence, I have decided to withdraw my protest," Malik said.

Malik had alleged the officials were intentionally delaying the inauguration of the flyover to suit the chief minister's convenience. According to reports, the bridge was sanctioned before 2014 when the Congress-NCP government was in power. However, its construction completed just ahead of the 2019 assembly elections.

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