Sanjay Nirupam’s bike rally disrupts vehicular traffic in Kandivali and Malad.
Politicians can go to any extent to attract people’s attention before the Lok Sabha election. Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam had created huge inconvenience for Mumbaikars by organising a bike rally from Saibaba Mandir Malad (E) to Thakur Ramesh Singh’s office at Kandivali (E). Even though the rally was scheduled to commence at 9.30 am it began an hour late at 10.30 am. At least 1,400 supporters of Nirupam had participated in the rally. They were seen riding the bike with the Congress party’s flag bearing Nirupam’s photo. Most of them had not worn helmets which have become mandatory for two wheeler drivers.
The bikers were seen violating traffic rules by blowing horn at non -honking areas like hospital, schools etc. Three persons were found travelling in the bike which is a violation of traffic rules. The movement of vehicular traffic was disrupted as Nirupam supporters had occupied almost 90 per cent of the road. Mumbaikars were miffed with Nirupam for bringing the traffic to a standstill. They already have to face huge traffic jams while commuting in the city daily.
Many activists were not observing traffic rules and were seen jumping traffic signals. They had reached the Kandivali station at around 1.25 pm. They created more chaos by riding the bikes at such crowded locations. Bike riders had parked their vehicles at non parking zones thereby causing huge inconvenience to the pedestrians.
Pratap Digaokar, DCP Traffic said, “The police will take strict action against Sanjay Nirupam’s supporters if they are found guilty of violating the traffic rules. Everybody must observe traffic rules while driving vehicles.”
Jayesh Kelkar, a Kandivali resident said, “I was driving my bike towards Samata Nagar as these bike riders were seen disrupting the traffic. People were stuck in traffic jams and hence were getting late to reach their destinations. Why do politicians like Nirupam organise rallies to create inconvenience for the common man. Why can’t he do some work instead of garnering publicity before the Lok Sabha election?”
Shailendra Arshud, a businessman from Kandivali said, “I was heading towards Big Bazar for shopping. The supporters of Nirupam were standing on the footpath and blocking the way of pedestrians. They were seen chatting and creating nuisance at the spot.”
Satish Jain, a north Mumbai constituency from AAP party said, “They have violated traffic rules. They won’t be providing the details of the expenditure incurred by them on organising this rally to the Election Commission. It is a violation of model code of conduct. They are only wasting the tax-payers hard earned money. Nirupam can’t win people’s mandate by adopting such cheap gimmicks.”
Kamlesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party from North West said, “Nirupam’s supporters had only created chaos in the city. Strict action should be taken against political parties for violating traffic rules. The Election Commission must terminate the candidature of Sanjay Nirupam for violating the model code of conduct ahead of Lok Sabha election.”
When we tried to contact Sanjay Nirupam and BJP MLA from Borivali Gopal Shetty they remained unavailable for comment.
Earlier Sanjay Nirupam had held a dharna outside the Reliance Energy office in support of his demand for the reduction of electricity tariffs in Mumbai.