The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra needs to introspect why Bollywood is welcoming Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP leader Ram Kadam has said.
On a two-day visit to Mumbai, Yogi Adityanath is meeting Bollywood personalities over various issues including his government’s proposed film city project in Noida near Delhi.
Ram Kadam said that the Uddhav Thackeray government is unhappy with Bollywood personalities welcoming Yogi Adityanath.
“The question is: why didn’t the Uddhav Thackeray government help the film industry with even a single rupee during the Covid-19 pandemic? For all these months, film shoots were closed and thousands of workers were out of work,” Ram Kadam said.
The BJP leader alleged that goons went on film sets and extorted money. “When Will the state government introspect the reason Yogi Adityanath is being welcomed by the film industry. This is a big failure of the Uddhav Thackeray government,” he said.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had said that no industry will move out of Mumbai. A day later, Sena leader Sanjay Raut also hit out at Yogi Adityanath and said that there were talks about shifting the film city but that’s not an easy task.
He inquired about the film city that was set up in Noida earlier. The Sena leader said that there are big film industries in South India, West Bengal, and Punjab. “Will Yogi Ji also visit these places to interact with film directors and actors there? Or does he have a problem only with Mumbai?” he asked.
There was a lot of talk on who among the Bollywood stars would meet Yogi Adityanath. But apart from Akshay Kumar, and some others, not many did so.
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said that Yogi Adityanath needs to be reminded that crime is still very high in his state and he should make attempts to lower it and then call for investments.
“Trade and commerce cannot flourish where cases of assault, rape, murder, and abduction are rampant. Maharashtra has always been the preferred destination for investors and the Maharashtra leadership, irrespective of the party, has worked hard to maintain it,” he said.