Kopar Khairane
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Maharashtra Politics: Raj Thackeray questions the BJP’s ‘Toll-Free Maharashtra’ promise

Raj Thackeray, the president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on its election promise of a “toll-free Maharashtra” here on Wednesday, a day after a verbal altercation with the governing party’s ally.

“What happened to your declaration declaring the state to be ‘toll-free’? Raj Thackeray raises the stakes in his argument against the government: “Why should you collect toll and road fees when the roads are so awful, full of potholes and traffic jams?

He bemoaned the fact that, despite the fact that Nitin Gadkari, a Marathi, serves as the Union Minister for Highways, his home state’s roads are in terrible shape and that people must begin paying tolls whenever a new road is built, but “where’s all the money collected in tolls going?”

“What about the significant delays in carrying out projects… The construction of the Mumbai sea connection took ten years, while the Mumbai-Goa highway has remained unfinished for seventeen years. Samruddhi Mahamarg, the Mumbai-Nagpur SuperExpressway, has no facilities, no safety, and more than 400 people have died in accidents since it opened. Raj Thackeray said the BJP need to respond.

His pointed remarks came the day after the BJP and MNS traded barbs on social media over the latter party’s alleged late-Saturday vandalism of a toll booth in Sinnar, Nashik.

The MNS scion Amit Raj Thackeray was allegedly delayed and harassed at the toll-booth location a few hours before to the event, which was utilized by the BJP to blame the MNS.

“Since Amit Thackeray is involved in politics, there will inevitably be suspicions… Raj Thackeray, who was in Pune for some party meetings, questioned, “But what about the sufferings of the people who pay the toll without getting the promised amenities.”

Tuesday’s Maharashtra Legislative session included heated arguments between the administration and opposition over the problem of traffic jams on roads.

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