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Sena will not allow CAS in its present form

Mumbai Sept. 7. Alleging that the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre had deferred implementation of the Conditional Access System (CAS) in Delhi in view of coming Assembly elections, the Shiv Sena, a key NDA ally, today reiterated that it would not allow implementation of the CAS in its present form in the metropolis.

Addressing the Cable Operators, Distributors' Association (CODA) meeting here, the Sena executive president, Uddhav Thackeray, said the Centre's decision was prompted by the fear of losing the elections as it had "faced the wrath of the voters in the past due to the onion crisis in the country".

If implementation of CAS in its present form was in the public interest, then the Government could have made it an election issue, he said, adding that his party was not against the CAS technology, but the way in which it was being implemented.

Talking to reporters later, Mr. Thackeray said the implementation of CAS in South Mumbai as announced by the Government was merely on paper.

"We will not allow the Union Government to implement CAS in the metropolis in the interests of the consumers and cable operators." He said that if the Government overcame the drawbacks in the CAS implementation, including a free hand to the pay channels, only then would CAS be allowed to be implemented in the city.

"We are ready for discussion, but in any case will not compromise on the interest of consumers and cable operators," he added.

PTI

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