Non-vege­tar­i­ans are be­ing de­nied flats in city, says MNS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of India

The Raj Thack­eray-led Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) has al­leged that some builders in Mum­bai were not sell­ing flats to buy­ers who were non­veg­e­tar­ian and also bring­ing in caste and com­mu­nity con­sid­er­a­tions in trans­ac­tion.

An MNS leader from Mahim, Sandip Desh­pande, in a let­ter to a builder, said buy­ers are be­ing de­prived of flats for be­ing non­veg­e­tar­ian.

“We have come across com­plaints that you re­fused to sell flats to cer­tain buy­ers by dis­crim­i­nat­ing against them on the ba­sis of caste, re­li­gion and di­etary pref­er­ences (whether the buyer is veg­e­tar­ian or non-veg­e­tar­ian),” Desh­pande said in a let­ter to a builder on Fri­day

The let­ter warned that builders not im­ple­ment­ing the MNS dik­tat would face the party’s ire. MNS sources said the ap­peal had got prompt re­sponse, with a prom­i­nent builder giv­ing a writ­ten as­sur­ance that there won’t be any dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Last year, then MNS cor­po­ra­tor San­tosh Dhuri had filed a com­plaint against a builder at the Gore­gaon po­lice sta­tion, after be­ing de­nied flat for be­ing a non­veg­e­tar­ian.

Dhuri, who was look­ing to buy a two-bhk flat, was ap­par­ently told that the hous­ing com­plex was for Gu­jaratis only, when he had called the builder’s of­fice.

There have been in­stances of hous­ing so­ci­eties in Mum­bai en­sur­ing that only vege­tar­i­ans are al­lowed to move in.

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