On Tuesday, Raj Thackeray called for an investigation into how the Vedanta-Foxconn agreement ended up in Gujarat rather than Maharashtra. He claimed that while Gujarat was the investors’ top choice, the fact that Gujarat received the deal is serious and not a positive omen. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader wrote, “We should look at this issue and go beyond politics.”
After Vedanta and Taiwanese electronics behemoth Foxconn inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gujarat government on Tuesday to establish a 1.54 lakh crore semiconductor and display manufacturing plant in Gujarat, a blame game broke out in Maharashtra.
Aaditya Thackeray, a former minister in Maharashtra, expressed his dismay at the situation on Tuesday, noting that Uddhav Thackeray’s Maha Vikas Aghadi government had nearly finalised the agreement while the new Maharashtra government was taking credit for bringing the project to Maharashtra. Our MVA Government had brought this to the last level, Aaditya tweeted. “New dispensation had shared images, claiming to have brought this to Maharashtra, however it seems intent/commitment was to move this away from Maharashtra.
According to Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, Gujarat received it from Gujarat via the “Ed sarkar” in Maharashtra. The government fell and the “ED” sarkar claimed credit for it and exploited it for PR news in July. Now in September, it was given to Gujarat, the MP tweeted. “MVA Industries Minister Sh. Subhash Desai ji & Environment Minister Sh. Aaditya Thackeray had launched the discussion upto the final stage.”
Raj Thackeray questioned how Maharashtra managed to get its hands on the project that was meant to be set up in Pune. He tweeted, “We need look at this issue and look beyond politics. Maharashtra was the priority state for investors. It is not a positive indicator that the investment reversed from Maharashtra.