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Maharashtra toll: Thackeray threatens road blockade

Posted on Feb 10 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 10 : Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has threatened to launch a statewide road blockade agitation on Wednesday over the "illegal" toll collection issue.

Addressing a rally in Pune, he said he will continue his agitation till the time the 'illegal' toll collection centres are shut.

He even dared the Maharashtra government to arrest him as he threatened of agitation.

"I will lead a statewide 'rasta roko' (road blockade) agitation over toll collection on Feb 12. I will see how the government tries to stop or arrest me. I will continue my agitation till the time the 'illegal' toll collection centres are shut," Thackeray said.

He also slammed the Shiv Sena for not supporting him over the issue.

"When I target the government, the Shiv Sena targets me. Are they with the government or in the opposition," Thackeray asked.

Thackeray said his meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to resolve the toll issue has proved futile.

"My meeting with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to resolve the (toll) issue has proved futile. I am left with no option but to continue my agitation against the collection of toll and to side with the anger of people against the unjustified road tax," the MNS chief said addressing the rally.

Thackeray is facing facing multiple cases for vandalising toll booths in Maharashtra.

Pertinently, Thackeray recently asked his party workers not to pay toll even at the cost of resorting to violence.

MNS workers have targeted toll booths across Maharashtra since he gave the order.

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