Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel’s recent speech in Mumbai inviting investors to Gujarat has provided fodder for the poll campaign of the MNS and the Shiv Sena, which have seized the opportunity to tell people in the state that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was intent on robbing Mumbai of its status as the country’s financial capital.
After The Indian Express reported Patel’s September 27 address industrialists and investors in Mumbai in which she talked of city’s notorious traffic while wooing investors to Gujarat, the Shiv Sena was first to respond with a scathing editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana a few days ago.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray too raised the matter at his rally in Bhandup on Sunday, where he regretted endorsing Narendra Modi for the post of Prime Minister and attacked him saying he continued to “think” and endorse Gujarat everywhere he went. “While Modi comes and talks about the development of Maharashtra, Anandi Patel, who was picked by him as his successor, comes to Mumbai and tells investors to come to Gujarat and invest there. What is your hidden agenda? Why should Anandi Patel come to Mumbai and invite investors to Gujarat, that too when elections are round the corner,” the MNS chief said.
“I was the first person in the country to say that Modi should become the PM. However, now I am really surprised on whatever is doing. I thought he will change after becoming the PM, but Gujarat still seems to be his priority and nothing apart from that seems to be important,” Thackeray said. Taking a dig at Modi, Thackeray said the perception of a “Gujarati” PM had not gone unnoticed even by the Obama administration. “Recently, Modi went to America. Obama greeted him in Gujarati by saying ‘Kem Cho’ (How are doing?).