Opposition in Maharashtra shedding crocodile tears over Vedanta-Foxconn project: Sitharaman

Opposition in Maharashtra shedding crocodile tears over Vedanta-Foxconn project: Sitharaman

Pune. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday hit out at opposition parties in the state for "shedding crocodile tears" over the shifting of the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor plant from Maharashtra to Gujarat and stalling five major projects during her rule. charged to. Sitharaman was addressing a press conference on the sidelines of an event near Pune. A round of accusations has started in Maharashtra after last week's announcement that Indian conglomerate Vedanta and Taiwan-based electronics company Foxconn would set up a joint semiconductor plant in Gujarat, which was earlier scheduled to be in Maharashtra.

Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena are targeting the Center and the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government of Maharashtra on the issue, saying that the Rs 1.54 lakh crore plant was handed over to Gujarat ignoring Maharashtra's economic condition. Which was to be established earlier in Maharashtra. The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government fell on June 29 this year, days after Eknath Shinde rebelled against the Shiv Sena leadership. Apart from Shiv Sena, the MVA also included Congress and NCP. Asked about the opposition's criticism of the project being shifted to Gujarat, Sitharaman said the present opposition meant those who were in power in the state till four months back. "Who were the people who stopped the bullet train project in Maharashtra? Who were the people who stopped the Rs 65,000 crore Wadhawan project in the Palghar district? Who stopped the Nanar refinery project and created hurdles in the Metro car shed project in Mumbai's Aarey Colony?" the minister asked if these projects were not beneficial for Maharashtra.

"Was Gujarat benefiting from all these projects? When you were in power, you did not stop one or two projects but hindered five projects. Now you are shedding crocodile tears in the name of Maharashtra's interest and saying anything for politics." When asked about her visit to Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, the home constituency of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Sitharaman said, She has come to this constituency, not for any family but to strengthen the base of the party. As part of her visit, Sitharaman interacted with the beneficiaries of various schemes of the Centre.

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