Vedanta-Foxconn moving to Gujarat, according to Shiv Sena, is an attack on "Maharashtra's prestige"

by Web Desk | Published: 15 Sep 2022

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The Shiv Sena said in their publication Saamana on Thursday that the Vedanta-Foxconn mega semiconductor project moving to Gujarat was an assault on the "prestige" of Maharashtra. They also claimed in an editorial in its mouthpiece that a previous international finance centre, which eventually took the form of Gujarat International Finance Tech [GIFT City], was moved from Mumbai to Gujarat.
Since Sanjay Raut is being held by the ED, the editorial, which is now being led by Sena leader and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, stated that this was just the beginning and that one day the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government would even "trade Mumbai."
Following the revelation two days ago that the joint venture semiconductor project of the Indian conglomerate Vedanta and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, which had been intended to be set up in the vicinity of Pune earlier, will come up in Gujarat, a blame game has started in Maharashtra.
Without mentioning the BJP, the Sena mouthpiece claimed that some individuals also harbour the intention to "capture" Mumbai-Thane and undercut Maharashtra's wealth, similar to how this project is being carried out. Saamana claimed that this was the rationale behind the installation of a "puppet Chief Minister" in Maharashtra.
Devendra Fadnavis, a member of the BJP, served as Chief Minister from 2014 to 2019. During his tenure, Gujarat received the GIFT City project, and current CM Eknath Shinde allegedly permitted the semiconductor facility to leave as well. "They won't be hesitant to even swap Mumbai tomorrow. An example is Foxconn. This is a grave offence to Maharashtra's reputation" it continued.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray claimed on Wednesday that the Center has approved similar parks in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh in place of Maharashtra's proposed bulk drug park project in Raigad district.
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