"Notices of section 149 of CrPC have been issued to Sanjay Naik, president, Arif Shaikh and Nitin Nandgaokar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena as preventive action".
While a similar strike call was given in other cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and New Delhi, driver unions said there was no impact in the national capital, where, senior Uber and Ola representatives claimed, it was business as usual.
Other unions of Ola and Uber are also in support of the strike, Naik said.
Mumbaikars suffer as reconciliation attempts between cab aggregators and drivers failed on Monday; commuters either ended up paying surge pricing, or took trains, buses, autos.
The strike has been launched from midnight in support of the various demands of the drivers who are being meted out injustice by the companies. While more than 80% cabs stayed off roads, those which were available on the app charged hefty surge prices - nearly two to three times the normal fare.
MNVS had announced one day protest on Monday but later in a press conference, the union said to go on "offline protest" for an indefinite period.
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"Neither micro or mini cabs are available on Ola", says Parnasha Banerjee, a resident of Mumbai.
- Organisers stated about the drivers had been hoping to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but have not been able to recover even half ratio of the income, "Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs".
The drivers which are hired by the companies, though in a marginal number, have to be operational by the order of management of the respective companies.
However, long-term issues remain regarding sustainability of low fares, while ensuring good margins for drivers as well as the aggregator companies.
In a statement, Uber said the Bombay HC has issued an injunction prohibiting unions, their leaders and anybody else from obstructing activities of Uber driver partners. In a video circulating in social media, the leader is seen hitting the windshield using an iron rod and questioning the cab driver on why the vehicle was plying during the strike. They have invested Rs 500,000 to Rs 700,000 and were expecting to make Rs 1,50,000 a month.
Drivers who own their cabs are also protesting against the discriminatory practice by Ola and Uber for giving first preference to company-owned cabs over driver-owned taxis. "As far as Uber is concerned, police from Chirag Nagar have asked us for two days to set up a meeting with their representatives", Naik said.