Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, on Tuesday, expressed shock over the Rs 1.54 lakh crore semiconductor project in Gujarat and said that the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had worked hard to ‘almost finalize’ the plant in Maharashtra. In a series of tweets, Thackeray hit out at the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra and said that the decision of the conglonerateshows the ‘lack of commitment from the new dispensation for our state’s progress

“Although I’m glad to see this in India, I am a bit shocked to see this. New dispensation had tweeted photos, claiming to have brought this to Maharashtra, but it seems intent/ commitment was to send this away from Maharashtra. Our MVA Govt had brought this to final stage,” Thackeray said in a tweet.

He said that he had held meetings for bringing the semiconductor project to Maharashtra. “For a project almost finalised, and a new dispensation claiming credit over it, only shows lack of commitment from the new dispensation for our State’s progress,” he added.

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The former tourism minister under the Uddhav Thackeray government claimed that the project would have generated about 70,000 to 1 lakh employment opportunities in Maharashtra. The project, now being set up in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad is being built by Vedanta and Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. It is touted to be the first semiconductor plant in India.

Congratulating the Gujarat government over the development, PM Narendra Modi said that the project will help India’s economy and help in job creation. He also said that the project will help the creation of a network of semiconductor ancilliaries and in turn benefit the MSME sector.

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