Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, claimed on Friday that Gujarat, the state that won the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor plant project, is not Pakistan amid the political uproar over Maharashtra’s premature loss of the project to Gujarat. “Pakistan is not Gujarat. Our sibling is there. This rivalry is constructive. We aim to surpass Gujarat, Karnataka, and everyone else “Speaking at a gathering, Fadnavis stated. The dispute, he continued, is still simmering despite Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal’s response on Twitter.
The Eknath Shinde-Fadnavis administration has been under fire from the Shiv Sena, Congress, and Nationalist Congress Party for losing Vedanta. The unit was intended to be located close to Pune, but Vedanta-Foxconn unexpectedly inked an agreement with the Gujarat government on September 13 that led to a heated political debate. The opposition claimed that the current Maharashtra administration was acting on orders from the Centre and promoting Gujarat’s development at the expense of Maharashtra. Aaditya Thackeray’s timeline of Vedanta’s move to Gujarat, “1 lakh jobs lost,”
After assuming the position of deputy chief minister, Fadnavis claimed that he personally met with Anil Agarwal and presented the company with a “tailor-made” package to match the Gujarat deal. However, he claimed that at the time, the decision to relocate the unit to Gujarat was still being considered.
Fadnavis claimed that Vedanta had decided to move the project to Gujarat, but according to a timeline provided by Aaditya Thackeray, a former minister in Maharashtra, a high-power committee met on the project on July 15 and the Shinde-Fadnavis administration then informed the media and the state Assembly that the project was moving to Maharashtra.
After Shinde and his ally MLAs rebelled, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, led by Uddhav Thackeray, fell in late June.
Reports state that on July 26, at the same time the new government declared the project was coming to Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde issued a letter to Anil Agarwal. He stated in his letter that the Center’s alignment and cabinet approval requirements for Vedanta-Foxconn were both being met.