And even as BEST prepared to flag off a full-fledged service on four routes in Thane, the TMT Employees’ Union had planned to observe a day-long demonstration and auto rickshaws in Thane had planned to go on a strike for one day but political pressures on the Union Leader and others forced the rickshawallahs to call of the strike. The Thane Municipal Transport Union says that the government’s decision to operate BEST buses on four routes in Thane is a political move to introduce BEST buses on profit making routes which would prove to be a nail in TMT’s coffin. The auto rickshaws of Thane joined the protest and had planned to go on strike for a day but later political pressure on Union Leader of TMT Sharad Rao and other forced the Union to call off the strike. The decision to call off the strike is another indication of how all the time the so called Union Leaders work in nexus with politicians and seldom for the true interest of workers. With cameraperson Ravi Nikam, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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