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CM Devendra Fadnavis responds to Uddhav Thackeray snub, says Maharashtra lucky to get refinery project
CM Devendra Fadnavis appears to be on a course of confrontation with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray over the Rs3 lakh crore Nanar refinery project in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
A day after Uddhav refused to meet petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan to discuss the project and said the Sena would not approve the proposal as the people of Konkan were against it, Fadnavis on Thursday said Maharashtra is indeed lucky that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has sanctioned the project for the state. “I am thankful to the NDA government for sanctioning the project for Maharashtra. The prestigious project will take the nation forward and create massive job opportunities. People of Maharashtra are keen on the project. We will take all those people who are against the project into confidence and have dialogue with them,” the CM told a meeting of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board in the presence of Pradhan.
Fadnavis said that despite the fact that several states were vying for the world’s biggest refinery proposal, the NDA had chosen Maharashtra. “I am indeed grateful to the NDA government,” he said.
Ex-CM and BJP Rajya Sabha member Narayan Rane too opposed the project. “I will not hesitate to quit Rajya Sabha if the NDA government and CM impose the project on the people of Konkan,” Rane said.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said if Thackeray is serious on opposing the project, he should ask the Sena cabinet members not to enter Mantralaya from Friday. “The NDA government is misleading people. On the one hand, Thackeray declared the notification of land acquisition had been scrapped, and on the other, an MoU was signed in the presence of Pradhan. NCP is against the project,” Malik said.
Sena leader and industries minister Subhash Desai said on Thursday, “There is no change in Sena’s views. From day one, we have been against the project, and we will not allow it in Konkan. The CM must take note of people’s sentiments.” Desai accused the CM of doing a “volte face.” “Earlier, he had said he will not impose the project on the people and today, he thanked the NDA government,” Desai told TOI.
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