Mumbai (Maharashtra): Former Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday slammed the Shinde-Fadnavis government over the “shifting of” Tata Airbus Project to Gujarat from Maharashtra and sought the resignation of state industries minister Uday Samant.
“We told them after the Vedanta-Foxconn project went to Gujarat that at least bring Tata Airbus to Maharashtra. They (Shinde-Fadnavis government) told everyone in August and September that we are bringing this Tata Airbus project into Maharashtra. But now this project shifted to Gujarat,” Aaditya Thackeray said at a press conference here. He alleged that the Shinde-Fadnavis government has “bad relations” with the central government and the previous MVA government ” worked well with the Centre.
“When we were in double engine government we worked smoothly with Central government, but this (Fadnavis- Shinde) government have bad relation with Central government,” he said.
Aaditya Thackeray hit out at Uday Samant, saying that the minister had told news channels that they will bring this Tata Airbus project to Maharashtra but “he failed”.
“So I want to ask CM should he take resignation of the Industries Minister,” Thackeray said.
He also slammed Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
“The Chief Minister is only travelling to mandals, festivals. He is not serious about anything, people are losing faith in this government,” Thackeray said.
Earlier, Maharashtra’s former Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar criticised the Shinde-Fadnavis government after the decision that Tata Airbus project to manufacture C-295 transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force will be set up in Gujarat.
“Despite having 100 time more conducive environment for the business in the state compared to other states, still we are losing the projects,” he said.
Pawar took a swipe at the Shinde-Fadnavis government calling their claims to be erroneous.
“After Vedant Foxconn went to Gujarat, they went to Delhi, I don’t know what happened there but the Shinde-Fadnavis government had promised bigger projects to entire the state. Instead the state lost the Tata Airbus project as well,” he said.