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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Thackeray govt reduces fine of Bajaj Company from 143 crores to 25 crores

At a time when the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is facing an image crisis, comes the news of Aditya Thackeray having reduced the fine of Bajaj company from INR 143 crores to a measly INR 25 crores.

The state budget session is underway where the Thackeray government has come under fire from the opposition which has attacked the Thackeray government on various issues. On the one hand, the opposition was seen taking an aggressive stance on the death of Mansukh Hiren and the demand for action against Sachin Vaze, often leading to the adjournment of the House.

At such a time a question has been raised by the principal opposition party BJP with regards to Aditya Thackeray reducing the fine amount imposed on Bajaj company. The BJP asked as to why the fine of Rs 143 crore had been reduced to Rs 25 crore.

BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar targeted Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray in the Assembly citing fines imposed on Bajaj Company. Speaking in the assembly Bhatkalkar said “I have asked a specific question. In 2007 Bajaj company was allotted 200 acres of land. However, they have not carried out any work on the said land till 2020. MIDC had imposed a fine of INR 143 crores for the delay. But in a meeting conducted in the presence of Environment minister Aditya Thackeray the fine amount was reduced to a mere 25 crores. I want to know was such a decision made or not.”

While the Thackeray led Shiv Sena and their MVA allies Congress and NCP among others keep accusing the Modi led central government of favoring businessmen such as Ambani and Adani that too without substantial proof, they themselves are guilty of doing the same as is seen from this instance. It is worth mentioning that Rahul Bajaj is a known Congress supporter and an open critic of the Modi Government and this waiver should be seen in that light.

(Featured Image Source: Loksatta)

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