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CM Shinde criticizes Thackeray for his protest against the Adani Group and questions their motivation

Mumbai: On the same day that the opposition parties staged a walkout against the government headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for turning over the Dharavi redevelopment project to an Adani Group company, Shinde criticized Shiv Sena (UBT) for being “anti-development.”

He said that the former Uddhav Thackeray administration disregarded Seclink Technology Corporation’s winning offer for the 2020 Dharavi redevelopment project due to corruption.

According to the chief minister, their agreement with the company may have been breached.

CM Shinde was reacting to the accusations made during the Saturday march from T-junction in Dharavi to the Adani Realty headquarters in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), which was led by Uddhav Thackeray, the chairman of the Shiv Sena (UBT), Varsha Gaikwad, the president of the Mumbai Congress, and Rakhi Jadhav, the leader of the NCP in Mumbai.

The rehabilitation project, which Thackeray referred to as the “biggest scam in the world,” contains anomalies related to transferable development rights (TDRs) worth over ₹100 crore.

Adani Realty has denied every accusation.

When the worldwide procurement was announced in 2018, the Seclink Consortium, located in Dubai, submitted the lone offer. As a result, the government had to extend the deadline in order for the Adani group to submit a bid.

The Sealink Consortium placed the highest offer in January 2019, however, the process of placing bids was finally abandoned. The Thackeray-led MVA administration issued a new offer with various modifications to the financial and technical criteria, and Adani Realty emerged as the top bidder.

If you are against Adani, why did you cancel Seclink’s contract? Then, why was it opposed? In reaction to Thackeray’s direct assault on his administration, the chief minister argued that “the deal (Seclink) might have been broken; thus, it may have happened.”

CM Shinde referred to the Shiv Sena (UBT) as an “anti-development party” and said that they have been against projects like the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Expressway and the Aarey carshed for the Metro 3 line. “The government will support Dharavi residents, even though they have always tried to stop development projects.” The largest slum in Asia, Dharavi, needs improved living conditions and amenities, he said, endorsing the Dharavi reconstruction project. “No individual will be allowed to get benefit out of it except the residents,” he said.

The goal of the rehabilitation project is to relocate one million people from the biggest slum in the world and transform it into a contemporary metropolitan center.

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