Mumbai: 

Whereas the strike on the metropolis bus service BEST entered the sixth day Sunday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray mentioned his get together will fulfil its promise to merge the funds of the transport endeavor with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC).

Shiv Sena controls the BMC aside from being a associate within the BJP-led Maharashtra authorities. One of many calls for of the BEST staff who’re on strike since Tuesday is merger of the budgets of the BMC and the loss-making BEST.

Shiv Sena had promised merger of the budgets in the course of the civic ballot marketing campaign in 2017.

“The monetary situation of the BEST has deteriorated. I had given the promise of merger of the budgets and that might be fulfilled. An answer could be discovered solely by way of the talks. Though the BEST strike problem is within the court docket, I’m able to be a part of the dialogue if vital,” Mr Thackeray mentioned.

He additionally mentioned with the BEST going through monetary troubles, unreasonable calls for would create extra issues.

A Sena-affiliated union had withdrawn from the strike on the second day and its leaders had claimed a minimal of 500 buses will begin plying on the roads from the following day.

However the declare fell flat on its face as barely any bus has run on Mumbai’s streets within the final seven days.

Speaking about BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta hinting at privatisation as an possibility, Mr Thackeray mentioned it couldn’t be the ultimate resolution.

“We won’t let the possession slip away from us (BMC). There may very well be privatisation of few buses however no closing choice has been taken but,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), led by Uddhav’s estranged cousin Raj Thackeray, threatened to hit the streets on Monday if the state authorities, BMC administration and the ruling events didn’t discover a resolution and finish the strike.

“We help the strike and the BEST staff. Their calls for are simply. If these calls for will not be met, the MNS will launch a protest,” mentioned MNS chief Sandip Deshpande.

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