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CBD BELAPUR: The Shiv Sena has come down hard on the NCP, fol­low­ing a mor­cha or­ga­nized by the NCP to guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde’s house on Satur­day. It has dared the NCP to de­mand a CID inquiry into the con­struc­tion of the il­le­gal struc­tures and blamed the Naiks.

On Satur­day, NCP MLC Vidya Cha­van led the mor­cha of some Digha res­i­dents to Shinde’s house. She had al­leged that NMMC op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule was re­spon­si­ble for the de­mo­li­tion of the houses, claim­ing the per­son be­hind the PIL is his man. Airoli MLA San­deep Naik joined the protesters. Po­lit­i­cal ob­servers were sur­prised that San­deep Naik, who is the local MLA, did not lead the mor­cha.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Chougule said, “For 15 years, the Naiks were in power as guardian min­is­ter, MP and MLA and also the rul­ing party in NMMC, when the build­ings came up. Didn’t they see the build­ings come up then? Why didn’t they take im­me­di­ate ac­tion and save the hard-earned money of the poor home­buy­ers?”

He said, “The local MLA would call up of­fi­cials and en­sure that any struc­ture of the op­po­si­tion mem­bers would be brought down im­me­di­ately. Why did he keep quiet on th­ese il­le­gal build­ings com­ing up.”

Blam­ing NCP lead­ers for the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ings, Chougule said, “The pe­ti­tioner in the case is a Congress spokesper­son, a party which is an ally of the NCP in the city. Why didn’t the Naiks not do any­thing to pre­vent the case?”

Chougule said, “I dare San­deep Naik to de­mand a CID inquiry in the assem­bly in the Digha build­ings is­sue to find out who is re­spon­si­ble for the con­struc­tion.” Dis­miss­ing the Sena al­le­ga­tions, San­deep Naik, in a state­ment, said he has taken up the Digha is­sue in the house and dis­cussed it with the chief min­is­ter.

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