Mumbai is famous Karachi Bakery closed recently due to loss of business, The Times of India reported on Thursday. Last year, the iconic bakery was caught in controversy as workers from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena criticized it for what they claimed was the “name of Pakistan”.
“We closed the shop after the old lease agreement ended,” Rameshwar Waghmare, manager of the bakery, told The Times of India. “Our landlords are demanding a higher amount as rent, which we can’t do. The lockdown has caused business volumes to fall. “
However, MNS claimed credit for the closure of the bakery. On Wednesday, the Vice President of MNS Haji Saif Shaikh | tweeted saying, “After massive protests on his behalf, Karachi Bakery has finally closed its only shop in Mumbai.”
However, Waghmare clarified that the decision was based on business factors. “There is no reason to give up by changing our name,” he said. “A bakery is a legitimate business with all valid licenses and approvals. Our decisions are based on business factors. Let others take credit for it if they want. “
Waghmare said the owners will decide whether to lease the new space or leave the brand out of date in Mumbai. The ice cream shop is now here to replace it.
The Karachi bakery is part of a Hyderabad-based chain run by the Hindu Sindhi migrant family, Ramnanis, from Pakistan. That confectionery has branches across India.
The sheikh and his supporters caused a scene outside the Karachi Bakery in Bandra in November. They have asked the owner to change his name, which they suspect is “anti-national” and “unpatriotic”. Shaikh has even sent an official notification to Karachi Bakery. “It is a matter of public record that there is tension between India and Pakistan due to Pakistan’s illegal occupation of land in Kashmir known as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),” read legal notices, based on Quint.
In the same month, a Shiv Sena The shop leader was seen threatening the Mumbai shop owner to change the shop name. In a video posted on politician Nitin Nandgaonkar’s Facebook page, he is seen talking to a shop owner in Bandra West. The leader of Sena asked the owner of the candy shop to change the shop name to “something in Marathi”. However, party chairman Sanjay Raut said that was not an official request from his organization. The shop reportedly covered its name with a newspaper after Nandgaonkar’s visit.