New Delhi, Mar 19: Amid Ola and Uber drivers strike, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Nitin Nandgaonkar broke windshield of a taxi which was plying in the Mumbai. The whole incident was caught on camera. In the video the MNS leader was seen holding iron rod and hitting on the front windshield of the cab. “Why did you take out the cab when there is strike,”Nandgaonkar was seen threatening the driver. Also Read - Unlock 2: After Hotels, Maharashtra Govt Now Plans to Open Restaurants, Gymnasiums Soon
The strike, organised by the transport wing of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, claimed that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business. Drivers from major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune are likely to join this strike.
As reported in Times of India, Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, has threatened that if any cab is found on the road then they will request driver with folded hands. And if they don’t listen, we will handle it in the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena-style.
As a precautionary measure, Mumbai police on Monday issued prohibitory notices to the leaders of Ola and Uber drivers under section 149 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) relating to unlawful assembly.
The drivers are protesting against the big assurances given to them by the cab companies. They have claimed that the companies are not able to cover their costs even. Speaking to reporters, Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena said, “Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh each and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies.”
Commuters are struggling hard to reach their destinations in Mumbai. In other cities less effect of strike is seen. Users of Ola and Uber cabs are facing tough times as the cabs are not easily available. Major amount of users include office goers and college students and they are facing dificulty in commuting.