In a complete change in his previous stand, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has now stressed on the importance of the ₹3-lakh crore Nanar refinery project in the state. In a letter addressed to CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday, he wrote that the mega petroleum project with a major potential to create jobs should not go out of the state. He wrote, “Konkan and Maharashtra cannot afford to let a project like Nanar refinery go out of the state. If the state’s economy has to be given a push, the state should take a conciliatory view on the project.”
Raj admitted that he was opposed to the project earlier but said that the current situation is different considering the joblessness in the state after the lockdown. He argued that several states are now competing aggressively to attract big projects and cited the example of Tesla preferring Karnataka over Maharashtra.