Sharad Pawar’s “PM’s More Attention To Gujarat” Dig Over $20 Billion Plant

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the Centre’s assurance to the Maharashtra government to give a bigger project to the state than the Vedanta-Foxconn semiconductor plant, was like “consoling a child” and added now that the unit has moved to Gujarat there was no point in the discussing the matter further.

He also took a dig at Vedanta, saying if the Indian mining firm proposes a project in Maharashtra, there was no surety that it will come up in the state.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have sought to corner the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government following the announcement two days ago that the Rs 1.54 lakh crore semiconductor plant will be set up by a joint venture between Vedanta, an Indian oil-to-metals conglomerate, and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn in Gujarat. The plant was earlier supposed to be set up in Maharashtra.

Speaking to the reporters here, Mr Pawar took a dig at the Centre over Gujarat bagging the project and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah both control the reins of the country so it can be understood “if they give little more attention to their home state”.

The former Union minister insisted that since the project has already gone to the adjoining state, there was no point discussing the issue, when asked about his reaction on Maharashtra losing out on the Vedanta-Foxconn project.

He said the mega project was originally envisaged to come