Deshmukh assures NRIs and other investors of safety in Maharashtra

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London, Sep 25 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said anyone who came to Mumbai was treated like one belonging to the city and was entitled to the protection of the law, when asked about Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray's hate campaign against people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Visiting London on a four-day official visit to promote inward investment for his state, he told the media at the Indian High Commission that Shiv Sena was based on the ideology ''sons of the soil should get jobs''.

On the repeated provocative statements of Thackeray against north Indians, Deshmukh, iterated, '' as far as our policy is concerned, whoever comes to Mumbai is a Mumbaikar. They come and contribute to the development of the state and it is the duty of the Government to give them protection.'' ''The party is now divided into two - led by Raj and Udhav Thackeray - this is a family fight.'' He reminded that the Court ''has restrained Raj from making any controversial statement.'' Assuring the NRIs and other investors of safety in his state he said: ''It is the duty of the government to give protection.

We must give proper comfort to the investors. If they come and commit themselves, it is the duty of the state government to give them protection. If there is any problem, we ourselves go and help them to sort out things.'' Referring to his mission for attracting investments, Deshmukh said the state's Principal Secretary (Industries) Azeez M Khan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the representative of Outokumpu, a global leader in stainless steel from Finland.

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