Stressing that Maharashtra has started changing under the BJP, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to people to show “opponents of development” their place even as he hailed the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur superhighway, saying it will make farmers “rich”.
Interestingly, the BJP’s bickering alliance partner Shiv Sena had earlier taunted the CM on the ambitious project, named as “Samruddhi Corridor”.
“Maharashtra has started changing its face for the better. But some are opposing the government’s developmental projects. It’s time to show them their place,” the CM said while addressing a gathering of over 15,000 graduates after BJP nominee and sitting MLC Ranjit Patil filed his nomination papers for February 3 Legislative Council polls.
The elections will be held five Graduates and Teachers constituencies.
Besides, ten municipal corporations including Mumbai, 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis in state are scheduled to go to polls next month.
Dwelling on the efforts for industrial and skill development across the state, especially in Vidarbha and Marathwada, Fadnavis said largescale industrialisation is needed to provide jobs to youths.
He said Maharashtra was earlier lagging behind in foreign investment but hectic efforts in the last couple of years ensured the state attracted 50% of total foreign investment in country.
“In terms of foreign investment, Maharashtra is number one with an investment of Rs 68,000 crore whereas Delhi stood next with an investment of Rs. 13,000 crore followed by Karnataka with an investment of Rs. 4000 crore,” Fadnavis said.