For a project in Mumbai, job interviews in Chennai? Shiv Sena's Uddhav camp raises red flag
Former Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray slammed Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, alleging that workers from other states are being brought to work on the Versova-Bandra Sea Link. Thackeray asked whether this was done with the approval of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Wednesday said that the company building the Versova-Bandra Sea Link had set up walk-in interviews for jobs in the project in Chennai.
In an attempt to raise a 'sons-of-the-soil' issue, Thackeray asked if this was happening with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's consent.
While at the press conference, Aaditya Thackeray said that the Sea Link bridge connecting Bandra and Versova in Mumbai's western suburbs is a project of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, which comes under the chief minister.
Without mentioning the firm's name, he claimed that it invited candidates with engineering backgrounds to walk-in interviews for the project at Ramada Plaza in Chennai. "Why weren't walk-in interviews held in any city in Maharashtra?" he wondered.
Thackeray also claimed that efforts were being made to isolate Maharashtra economically.
Opposition parties in the state, including the Shiv Sena faction led by Aaditya's father, Uddhav Thackeray, attempted to corner the Shinde government last week after Vedanta-Foxconn chose Gujarat over Maharashtra to set up their multi-billion semiconductor project.
Notably, before embracing Hindutva politics, the Shiv Sena, founded by Bal Thackeray in the 1960s, focused heavily on the issue of jobs for sons of the soil.
(With inputs from PTI)