Raj Thackeray cuts ‘EVM’ cake on 50th birthday; MNS protests against petrol prices by offering ‘discounts’

Mumbai: On his 50th birthday on Thursday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray cut a special cake designed like an EVM while 36 petrol pumps in Mumbai and many more in the state offered discounts from Rs 4 to Rs 9 per litre, a party spokesperson said.

At the selected 36 fuel stations in Mumbai (one in each Assembly constituency), plus 48 in the state (one each for every Lok Sabha constituency), there were serpentine queues of two-wheelers since dawn to take advantage of the scheme offering discounted petrol, with the MNS to recompense these pumps the difference from the official price on Thursday.

MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande compared the MNS's unique initiative to the 1930 historic 'Salt Satyagraha' of Mahatma Gandhi.

"This is like the Salt Satyagraha. People are not here to avail the discounts in petrol prices, but express their anguish against the government for the very high fuel prices," he told mediapersons.

Thackeray, on his part, made another statement — by cutting a large special cake designed like an electronic voting machine (EVM), which the MNS and almost all other Opposition political parties are opposing.

As part of the celebrations, MNS activists helped provide some free comic relief to the people burdened under spiraling fuel prices and inflation — sporting printed T-shirts of some recent political cartoons created by Thackeray.

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