Campa Cola residents take fight further, leaders extend support

Mumbai : Campa Cola society campus was abuzz with more than 500 people including the residents, their well wishers, politicians and people from the media on Tuesday. The residents had again gathered to protest the BMC decision of demolishing their illegal flats. This time they all had candles in their hands instead of placards.

Newly elected MP from South Mumbai constituency and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant, BJP leader Ashish Shelar and MNS leader Bala Nandgaokar were present during this silent protest.

A huge white signature board was set up in the society premises that read ‘I Pledge to Save Campa Cola’ and everyone was seen posting a message and signing on it. Apart from the residents even their friends participated in this protest.

Bala Nandgaokar said, “If the government can approve pre-2000 hutments then why not Campa Cola. The State Government can, on its own or with the BMC, take a decision but is purposely not doing so. I have also spoken to Ashish Shelar to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in this matter”. He also went on to say “Is our Chief Minister deaf and blind? We will definitely take up this matter in the upcoming assembly polls.”

Arvind Sawant said, “We will be meeting the Chief Minister tomorrow and discuss this issue. We would want the Prime Minister to intervene but this is something that the State Government should be doing. We are with the people of Campa Cola.”

BJP leader Ashish Shelar went a step ahead and dared the BMC to go to court and file a contempt case against the Campa Cola residents in case they fail to vacate the flats. He said that that the BJP will be requesting a breach of privilege motion against the chief minister in the upcoming assembly session.

Nandini Mehta, the Campa Cola resident who is spearheading ‘Save Campa Cola Campaign’ along with other residents, said that they had sent e-mails to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his official PMO email and awaiting revert.

Vishal Rajemahadik.

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