A DAY ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Mumbai with a plan to woo Bollywood and other industries to set up base in his state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday declared that no industry could be taken out of Maharashtra, and the “different culture” here was a draw for industries from other states.
“Some people are coming today and will meet you urging you to come (for investment) to their state. But they are not aware of our magnetic power. It is so powerful that no industries from Maharashtra will go to their state. Instead, the industries from other states may come to Maharashtra,” said Thackeray at an event of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He urged the IMC to be the brand ambassador of Maharashtra as that will encourage investment in the state, not just from the other parts of the country but abroad as well.
During his visit to Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh CM is scheduled to meet industrialists, personalities from the film industry and launch the listing of Lucknow Municipal Corporation’s first-ever bond on Bombay Stock Exchange on December 2. Earlier, the UP government had announced the setting up of a film city in Noida.
Thackeray said Maharashtra was making progress as it had a different culture. “We are not jealous if other states progress further. Let them progress by competing with others. But if someone attempts to forcibly take away businesses to their states, then I will not allow it to happen,” he added.
Thackeray further said during lockdown, the government signed a pact worth Rs 60,000 crore and efforts on to pave the way to implement these projects. “We aim to bring one lakh crore investment in Maharashtra in the coming year,” the chief minister added.