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Thackeray gets nervous as Yogi’s Mumbai visit draws close

The prospect of the Hindi film hub, a major revenue churner, moving out of Mumbai is giving Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray sleepless nights

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Politics India Thackeray gets nervous as Yogi's Mumbai visit draws close

Hours before Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Mumbai, his counterpart in Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray today warned he would not let anybody “forcibly” take businesses away from the state. The Shiv Sena head was categorical Maharashtra was not “jealous” about someone’s progress and if it happened on the back of a fair competition.

Yogi is arriving late this evening in Mumbai. He is slated to meet industrialists and film personalities — for the proposed film hub in NOIDA — during the visit. As per reports, Sachin Sawant, a spokesperson for the INC, an ally in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi, has alleged a conspiracy to move Bollywood, the Hindi film industry, out of Mumbai.

Sirf News‘ Editor-in-Chief Surajit Dasgupta had broken the news six months ago that an alternative film industry was likely to come up outside Mumbai and Maharashtra.

According to a calculation, Bollywood had generated revenue worth Rs 7,069 crore in 2019.

“We are not jealous if someone progresses, we do not have any problem with someone’s progress if one competes. But if you are going to forcibly take anything away, then of course, I won’t let it happen and you (industrialists) will not be willing to go,” Thackeray said at an event organised by IMC, a small businesses-focused lobby grouping, here.

Drawing from the tag line ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ used by his state while pitching to investors, Thackeray said Maharashtra has strengths including its culture and institutions.

“Some people are coming today, they will also meet you all and ask you to come (for investments). But they do not know the magnetic strength (of Maharashtra), it is so powerful that forget people going from here to there, it should not so happen that somebody from there comes here,” Thackeray said.

Thackeray said the economy, which had suffered reverses because of the pandemic, was slowly coming back as the unlock process gets underway.

Unlike the demonetisation, which had led to “disappearance” of money, Thackeray said the stress caused by the pandemic is not permanent and the money will come back into circulation once economic activity resumes.

The Maharashtra chief minister said of the Rs 60,000 crore of investment tie-ups with companies announced earlier, work on 70% of them is underway through land allotment or other permissions.

Helping a common man’s purchasing power by creating jobs is necessary for overall development, Thackeray said.

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