PM b’day cel­e­bra­tions at Carter Road to­day

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Richa.Pinto@ times­

Mum­bai: Af­ter be­ing de­nied per­mis­sion to cel­e­brate the birth­day of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at Na­ri­man Point sea face, the BJP has now switched the event venue to Ban­dra’s Carter Road.

The BJP had grand plans of erect­ing a stage at the Na­ri­man Point sea face on Modi’s birth­day on Septem­ber 17, Sun­day. TOI, in its Septem­ber 15 edi­tion, had re­ported about how the BMC had shot down the per­mis­sion re­fer­ring to a Bom­bay HC PIL. The court had in 2015, while dis­pos­ing of a PIL against an open gym then set up on the Marine Drive prom­e­nade, di­rected the civic chief to form a com­mit­tee to take a fi­nal call on such re­quests. The com­mit­tee had deci- ded against al­low­ing the gym.

Mo­hit Kam­boj, pres­i­dent of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Mor­cha, BJP’s youth wing, un­der his ‘ Mo­hit Kam­boj Foun­da­tion’, had ap­proached the BMC to repli­cate the same plan of erect­ing a stage and dis­play­ing khadi ma­te­rial along a 1-km stretch of Carter Road.

When TOI con­tacted him, he said, “We had ap­plied for per­mis­sion at 2-3 places and de­cided to have it at Carter Road on Sun­day. The func­tion will be in­au­gu­rated at 8 am and con­cluded at 5 pm.” In this pe­riod, sev­eral VIP’s and lo­cals will sign on the dis­played cloth and ex­tend their sup­port to the PM. The event will be in­au­gu­rated by BJP Mum­bai pres­i­dent and MLA, Ashish She­lar, and MP Poonam Ma­ha­jan.

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