AK Guns for Ola, Uber; BMS Calls off Strike

CM averts road­block to odd-even by promis­ing ac­tion against app-based taxis

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Ak­shay.Desh­mane @times­group.com

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

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