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Mumbai belongs to all Indians: Chavan

Mumbai, June 20
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said today that Mumbai belonged to every Indian citizen, who lived in the city legally.

Addressing a gathering of Mumbai Congress workers during a function to felicitate newly elected MPs and Union Ministers, Chavan criticised attempts to divide the people of Mumbai on the basis of caste, region and language.

"The opposition always asks Mumbai 'kunachi' (whom does Mumbai belong to). I want to tell them that Mumbai belongs to all Indian citizens who come here legally," he said.

He said divisive politics had no place in the city which favoured development and communal harmony. The people wanted peace and communal harmony, he added.

He said it was only during Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister, the city got the maximum attention with over Rs 20,000 crore worth development projects in various stages of implementation.

Chavan said Dharavi re-development project was in the final stages and the actual implementation would begin soon.

Referring to Congress' election promise of regularising slums, Chavan said the party was committed to implement the promise. "There are some legal hurdles and we will resolve it soon," he said. On the government's decision against tabling the Ram Pradhan committee report in legislature, Chavan said his government had nothing to hide.

"We don't want the Kasab trial to be affected by making public the report. Our attempts have been to ensure that Mumbai and Maharashtra are secure and 26/11 is not repeated again," he said. PTI

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