Mumbai nightlife: BJP leader wants vada pav vendors, malls to remain open also

A day after Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray said that Maharashtra Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had given his nod for revival of the "vibrant" Mumbai nightlife, a BJP leader said the plan should not be elite-centric.

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"Elite parties should not be reason to do it. What is important is finding ways to improve living conditions of the common man," city BJP chief Ashish Shelar said.

Stating it was a "great idea to have a vibrant night life," Shelar said "Vada pav, pav bhaji vendors should remain open. It will bring relief to the hard life of these vendors."

"Necessary laws would be amended so that the financial capital can have a nightlife by the end of the year," Aditya Thackeray had said.

The 1.30 AM deadline for restaurants and bars is likely to be discarded after the laws are amended, 24-year-old Aaditya, the son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, said.

"Malls, clubs could stay open 24X7, along with chemists and convenience stores," he tweeted earlier. Non-residential areas like Kala Ghoda, Nariman Point, BKC can be special entertainment zones at night, he added.

"Eateries, Cafes, Milk Shops, Chemists and Malls and Mill-Malls (with all their establishments) can be given the option of staying open," he had said in a tweet.

Aditya had also recently on Twitter thanked Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria "for his nod to the proposal of nightlife".

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