Mumbai: A Shiv Sena-backed auto union on Sunday said it would not take part in on Monday's strike called by Mumbai Autorickshawmen's Union, terming the bandh call as "intimidating".

Former MLC Anil Parab, who heads Sena's auto union, told reporters that its 30,000 members would ply their autos on Monday and are prepared to "teach a lesson to elements trying to intimidate the automen".

The Mumbai Autorickshawmen's Union, led by Sharad Rao, has called for a strike on Monday to protest against mandatory installation of e-meters, among other demands.

"We agree there are several issues that need to be addressed. But, going on strike is not a solution, it is intimidating. The government agreed to revise the minimum fare by rupee one.

The other demands like hike for every additional kilometer are pending. But, it is wrong to strike and cause trouble to people when the issues are being discussed with the government authorities," he said.

Parab said it was the duty of the government to protect those automen who defy the diktat and decide to work in the interest of commuters. "Shiv Sena will take to the streets if the automen are threatened to stay off the roads," he added.

However, Rao has claimed that 15 lakh autos would stay off the streets from midnight and protests would be held outside the office of the Transport Commissioner.

Apart from Sena, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) too has opposed the boycott call. The Sharad Rao-led union has raised objection to compulsory fitting of e-meters in autorickshaws. Rao has also sought extra permits, minimum fare hike from Rs 11 to Rs 16 and that of Rs 7 to Rs 9 for every additional kilometre.

(Agencies)