Maharashtra opposition calls off Aug 1 shutdown

July 30th, 2011 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Uddhav Thackeray Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Maharashtra’s opposition parties Saturday called off a shutdown scheduled for Monday, after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the government was open to providing housing to displaced mill workers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde and Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale called off the shutdown.

“We shall resume the agitation if the demands are not met,” Thackeray told reporters here.

Thousands of mill workers took part in a protest march Thursday from Byculla in south-central Mumbai to Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.

The chief minister has, however, ruled out providing free housing.

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