Pakistan is not Gujarat, Devendra Fadnavis responds to the opposition on Foxconn controversy

The politics of Vedanta and Foxconn’s semiconductor plant shifting from Maharashtra to Gujarat has heated up. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Gujarat is not a part of Pakistan. He alleged that during the tenure of the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi government of Maharashtra, 10 per cent commission had to be paid for availing any subsidy.

Without naming the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, Fadnavis hit out at the party and said the Thackeray government opposed big projects like refineries in the state. He said that with this project, Maharashtra could have gone 10 years ahead of other states. Fadnavis accused Thackeray of stalling the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and the Mumbai Metro-III project.

Fadnavis met Vedanta chairman

Fadnavis said that he had personally met Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal as soon as he became the deputy chief minister at the end of June. At the same time, Maharashtra had put forward the same proposal to the company as in Gujarat, but they were told that the decision to set up a semiconductor unit in Gujarat had reached the final stage.

‘Will take Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat in 2 years’

“When you (Maha Vikas Aghadi) were in power (from November 2019 to June 2022), Maharashtra was behind Gujarat in bringing in foreign direct investment,” the deputy chief minister said. In the next two years, we will take Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat. While attending the event, Fadnavis said that Gujarat is not Pakistan. He is our brother. It is a healthy competition. We want to go beyond Karnataka also.

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