Addressing the press on Saturday, Shiv Sena (SS) chief Uddhav Thackeray promised to punish the “murderers” of Aarey forest after the formation of the new government. He was referring to the felling of trees in Aarey Colony since Friday night after the Bombay HC’s judgement. About 55 protestors were detained by the Mumbai police for violating the prohibitory orders near the site. On the other hand, a local court sent 29 people to judicial custody for 5 days pertaining to this matter. Essentially, many citizens have been protesting against the cutting of trees to create a car shed for the Mumbai Metro 3 project.
Shiv Sena Chief, Uddhav Thackeray: The upcoming government will be our government and once our government comes into power once again, we will deal with the murderers of #AareyForest in the best possible way we can. https://t.co/weNHtCbhUy pic.twitter.com/o0ePTCBi8V— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2019
Thackeray observed that he would speak frankly on the issue of Aarey. He contended that it was the most important issue for him at this juncture. He added that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would come back to power. The SS chief also opined that he raised social issues for genuine purposes.
"Aarey is the most important issue for me right now. Whatever is happening today, whatever was happening yesterday and whatever will happen in the future, I will take detailed and in-depth information on what the situation is and will speak firmly and directly on the issue," he said. "The upcoming government will be our government and once our government comes into power once again, we will deal with the murderers of Aarey forest in the best possible way we can," he added. Thackeray further stated, "We are confident that the NDA will come to power again. I am not blaming anyone but I would just like to say that when my people are in power I aim to bring up social issues and it's for genuine purposes and not for my own good."
(With ANI inputs)