Ahmedabad: Impressed by the development work
done by the BJP government in Gujarat, MNS chief Raj Thackeray
on Wednesday commenced his nine-day tour to the state and said the
intention of his visit was to take a leaf out the Narendra
Modi-led administration in tackling issues like corruption and
power, back home.
"Sitting in Mumbai, I had heard a lot about the
development taking place in Gujarat through people and other
media," Thackeray told mediapersons after visiting the Gandhi
"It felt good when the (Tata`s) Nano car project was
shifted from West Bengal to Gujarat. And when Ratan Tata
himself praised the Modi government and development in the
state, I felt I should also go there and see to myself what
difference Modi administration had made," he said.
"I have great respect for Modi. The work his government
has done, no other government has been able to do in the
entire country," Thackeray added.
When asked if there were any political motive behind
his visit to Gujarat, Thackeray said, "Those who believe that
this is a political visit have very narrow vision and I don`t
care what they think."
Thackeray said that infrastructure and state development
was his passion and to see what Gujarat has done in this
sector he was here.
"Maharashtra is far ahead of Gujarat in industries and
infrastructure. Development in Gujarat is a recent
phenomenon," he said.
"In Maharashtra, electricity, roads and corruption is a
major problem. I want to see how Gujarat government has been
able to address the issues of electricity and corruption. I
also want to see how the system of politicians and state
bureaucrats were working here, hand in hand," Thackeray added.
The MNS leader further said that he does not speak to
divide the country. But his quotes are selectively presented
which conveys a different meaning.
Thackeray said that he would be meeting Modi later in
the day along with other members of his party and would be
presenting him a gift from Maharashtra.
"I would like to visit different parts of Gujarat
before saying anything. My final one-to-one meeting with Modi
would be on August 11," he said.
When asked about what prompted him to visit Gandhi
Ashram, Thackeray said the Ashram was symbol of peace so he
began his tour of Gujarat from here.
Thackeray is likely to visit various places in Gujarat
including the Reliance and Essar oil refinery, Dwarka in
Jamnagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Akshardham, Somnath and
other place in his nine days `study tour`.