The senior leaders in Shiv Sena demanded that April 14 and December 6 be declared dry days in Maharashtra, months after resuming power in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The demand was made to mark respect to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
April 14 is Ambedkar’s birth anniversary while December 6 is observed as the Mahaparinirvan Diwas (death anniversary).
“Many Ambedkar followers have been demanding that both the days be declared as dry days for a long time now. However, the state has not paid heed to their demand. We (Sena) are a part of the government and we want them to do this,” said Yashwant Jadhav, group leader of Sena in BMC.
Talking about the reason for the demand, Jadhav added, “Why is October 2 declared as dry day?” As per the officials from state excise department, liquor shops are shut at Dadar on both days every year to evade a law and order situation.
“The collector and the police declare dry days in a state, district or even wards if it is a law and order situation under section 142 of Bombay Prohibition Act,” said an official.
“On March 20, followers of Ambedkar head to Mahad. Why would the CM call for a meeting today? Sena was kept out of the meeting when we have done maximum work for Chaityabhoomi,” said Jadhav. However, BJP leaders said it was an official meeting joined by departments concerned.