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No Ola, Uber strike in Bengaluru on Monday

No Ola, Uber strike in Bengaluru on Monday

"They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh, and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies", said Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, who is organising the strike.

Ola and Uber drivers are protesting against inadequate remuneration.

"Drivers are in huge debt, but the firms are favouring those driving company-owned vehicles", Sanjay Naik, president of the MNS transport wing told a press conference on Saturday.

Naik further alleged that these taxi-hailing companies were giving first priority to company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles, causing a slump in their business.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has claimed that more than 80,000 drivers across the nation are supporting the strike which will go on until their demands are met. But these strikes previous have fizzled outpost drivers kept losing their daily business and income. A twitter user said he was left stranded when his cab driver cancelled after making him wait, saying that the "seth" had told him about the strike. Previous year too, drivers went on an indefinite strike in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru demanding higher incentives, a lesser number of rides and more incentives for share and pool services. "If Ola and Uber failed to take note of it, an indefinite stir would be launched. It is good they are going on strike", Al Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taximen's Union said.

There are also reports that the drivers, who have been staging protests against this double-dealing over the last several months, also plan to gherao Parliament building on March 22 seeking government's attention in the matter.

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Drivers for Uber and Ola in other cities like the capital New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among others would also take part, party leaders said over the weekend.

As a result, even though commuters were able to book the cabs during peak hours, lesser cabs led to higher waiting times and surge pricing.

Police in Mumbai have issued notices to leaders of the union under section 149 of CrPC relating to unlawful assembly.

"If they violate any orders, they are liable to be prosecuted", said Pandit Thorat, senior inspector of the Andheri police station.

# There are over 45,000 cabs on these aggregators in Mumbai.