More than 600 Mumbaikars took part in a peaceful protest on Sunday against the controversial Metro 3 car shed site near the picnic spot in Aarey Forest. “The new CM Eknath Shinde was part of the government, which had taken the decision to move the metro garage out of Aarey and suddenly there is this U-turn,” said Ruben Mascarenhas of the Aam Aadmi party, which is also part of du Save the Aarey movement.
Protesters claimed the Metro car shed issue was dragged on as a result of a political vendetta, even though an alternative plan was ready by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) led by Uddhav Thackeray. The protest also saw the participation of some members of the tribal settlements inside the forest.
Meanwhile, the day after Shiv Sena expelled former party MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil, the party withdrew the expulsion order. However, party secretary and MP Vinayak Raut issued a clarification on Sunday. “A news article was inadvertently published in Saamana today regarding the expulsion of Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil. However, he continues to be the deputy leader of the party. This information is released by the central office of the party,” Raut said Adhalrao told The Indian Express that the party leadership was apparently angry with him because he congratulated Eknath Shinde on becoming chief minister via a Facebook post.
In other news, the Shiv Sena faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde sealed the Legislative Party office in the Vidhan Bhavan. A white piece of paper was taped to the closed doors of the Sena Legislative Party office in the Vidhan Bhavan, with a message in Marathi written on it saying, “The office is closed as instructed by the Shiv Sena Legislative Party.”