AK Guns for Ola, Uber; BMS Calls off Strike
CM averts roadblock to odd-even by promising action against app-based taxis
New Delhi: Monday’s auto rickshaw and taxi strike that was threatening to create a roadblock to the Delhi government’s odd-even drive was averted at the last minute, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s promise to up the ante against Uber and Ola doing the trick.
On Sunday, Kejriwal announced that his government would take “strong action” against app-based taxis operating in the national capital. “Received some complaints against Ola/ Uber. Government planning strong action against them. Will announce it soon,” he tweeted. RSS-backed Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, which had given the call for Arvind Kejriwal @ArvindKejriwal RAJINDER SONI BMS leader
the strike demanding action against Ola and Uber saying they were eating into the business of others by underpricing taxi services, called it off late in the evening after a meeting with Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai. “The government has conceded to all our demands. So we have withdrawn the strike,” BMS leader Rajinder Soni told ET. “For three hours, we had a meeting at mantriji’s (Gopal Rai’s) home. They have assured to us in writing that action against Ola and Uber vehicles will be taken. We expect the vehicles to be impounded.”
The Delhi government is yet to specify what action it could take against the app-based companies. Spokespersons for Ola and Uber didn’t immediately respond to emails and phone messages.
Transport unions have protested against the app-based taxi companies in the past as well.
But this time, the protest was timed during the odd-even vehicle rationing. While Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party had alleged the strike as a ploy by the BJP to foil the programme, the BMS had accused the government of being biased towards the app companies.
BMS was demanding action against Ola and Uber saying they were eating into biz of others by underpricing taxi services