MNS Accuses NCP of uprooting trees, divider for Navratri

Oct 03, 2013, 08:08 IST | Richa Pinto

MNS workers alleged NCP corporator M K Madhvi ordered demolition of a divider and hacking of trees to accommodate revellers; Madhvi says it's a conspiracy to malign his image

Though the festival of Navratri is known to bring people together, it seems to have created a rift between two political parties at Airoli node. While the party workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) accused local Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator M K Madhvi for uprooting trees and demolishing a divider to aid revellers performing garba and dandiya, Madhvi rubbished the allegations claiming that it was a ploy to tarnish his image.

Damage done: Workers carry away the uprooted trees from the spot

MNS worker Sameer Patil claimed that last week a few people came in a tempo and demolished the divider and uprooted the trees planted on it. “Celebrating festivals as the cost of environment is something we are totally against, so are the locals. When we asked a few people from the nearby areas to help us identify the culprits, they just vanished from the spot,” he Patil. A few other party workers said the spot where the divider was razed was later replaced with paver blocks to fool the residents that nothing had happened.

Later, paver blocks were placed at the spot, which Madhvi said were put so that people did not get hurt. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Madhvi’s Karan Mitra Mandal has been organising the Navratri festival at the same spot for the past several years. When contacted, he rubbished his involvement in the matter and claimed it was a ploy by his rivals to defame him. “We’ve never taken any donation to celebrate the festival or caused any harm to the environment. I’m not even remotely associated with the uprooting of the trees and demolition of the divider because it helped revellers enjoying dandiya and garba to stay on either side,” said Madhvi.

He, however, agreed to installing the paver blocks saying that locals would have been injured by stumbling over or into the pit that was left behind after the divider was demolished. 

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