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VASHI: In a novel form of protest, the math­adis (head load­ers) of the whole­sale APMC mar­ket of Vashi, formed a hu­man chain to wel­come chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fadnavis and then sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum of de­mands to him. The math­adis are up­set at be­ing de­nied any hear­ing by the gov­ern­ment in the past one year.

The protest was led by NCP MLC Naren­dra Patil in a bike rally from the whole­sale mar­ket in Vashi to Shivaji Chowk and then to the toll plaza.

Naren­dra Patil said, “There are is­sues of math­adi hous­ing, re­stric­tions at APMC whole­sale mar­ket putting a ques­tion mark on its very ex­is­tence, the math­adi board and also on the Wadala hous­ing com­plex for math­adis. There has been no ac­tion on them.”

He added, “The chief min­is­ter has given a pos­i­tive re­sponse by stop­ping his con­voy, talk­ing to us for a few min­utes and ac­cept­ing our mem­o­ran­dum. We hope there will be fur­ther ac­tion on it.”

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