The Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor manufacturing project was shifted from Maharashtra to Gujarat under political pressure, alleged Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar on Wednesday in a letter to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, reported The Indian Express.
On Tuesday, Indian mining conglomerate Vedanta and Taiwanese manufacturing company Foxconn had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gujarat government to set up the manufacturing unit in the state.
The two companies had earlier held talks with the Maharashtra government and the 1.54 lakh crore-deal deal was reportedly “almost done”.
The Opposition has alleged that the Maharashtra government handed over the project to Gujarat under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in view of the upcoming Assembly polls in his home state.
Both Maharashtra and Gujarat are ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments
In his letter to Shinde, Pawar, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, said that shifting the project was an effort to “financially deprive Maharashtra”.
“The state government must take steps as required but ensure that the project does not go out of Maharashtra,” he added.
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