Make in India Week: Shiv Sena takes potshots at CM Fadnavis

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2016 16:04 IST
A file photo of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena made the comments in their mouthpiece, Saamana. (HT Photo)

Taking a jibe at Devendra Fadnavis over the Make in India Week, which was launched in Mumbai on Saturday, the Shiv Sena said Maharashtra has so far failed to attract investments that would at least compensate for the foreign travel costs of the chief minister.

The Sena also said that while efforts of the chief minister and state Industries minister to bring investments need to be appreciated, Vidarbha and Marathwada region also need to be developed as over 1,000 farmers have committed suicide there in the past year.

“Maharashtra has always contributed to the nation in a big way, but Mumbai has always been looted. There have been many investor summits held in the city in the last 50 years to boost the industrial growth but Mumbai has to keep struggling to get its dues,” the Sena said in an edit in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is touring foreign nations along with a large number of delegates. What investments has Maharashtra been able to garner through these tours? Not even enough money that would compensate for the travelling costs of these delegates,” the Sena said.

It further said that it would thus be important to see what investments would Maharashtra get from the MII Week, which is hosting 60 countries and 5,000 delegates.

“Along with Mumbai, Vidarbha and Marathwada region also need to be developed as 1,328 farmers have committed suicide there in the last one year,” it said.

The Sena said that those in power need to remember that development should not be at the cost of farmers and the working class.

“The Jaitapur nuclear plant will take away the livelihood of thousands of farmers and foreign investments in port sector in Palghar (newly formed district neighbouring Mumbai) will render lakhs of fishermen jobless. Those in power need to remember that they do not insist on development that destroys lives of these people,” the Sena said.

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