Maharashtra was in the top spot with him as a chief minister: Devendra Fadnavis 

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Maharashtra was in the top spot with him as a chief minister: Devendra Fadnavis 

For four consecutive years, Maharashtra was in the top spot with him as chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis said.

On Wednesday, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis reported that Maharashtra had slipped from the top to third position in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under the government led by Shiv Sena.

The former Chief Minister also asked the Sena, speaking to reporters in Nagpur, to change its stance on the Nanar refinery and support it and other big-ticket projects.

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that Maharashtra attracted huge investments during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy about it but many of these MoUs were done during our government and even land had been allotted,” Mr. Fadnavis said.

For the same ventures, the Shiv Sena-led government signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs), he said, adding that he welcomes Maharashtra’s investment flow.

“However, there is a matter of concern about the recent FDI numbers for states announced by the RBI where Maharashtra has gone down to number three,” said Devendra Fadnavis.

Maharashtra was number one for four consecutive years when he was chief minister, and in two of these years, the state earned up to 44 percent of the country’s entire FDI flow, he said.

A recent study by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows that Gujarat and Karnataka were FDI destinations in first and second place and Maharashtra was behind them, he added.

“Lot of investment is exiting China after COVID-19 and India are attracting this investment. It should come to Maharashtra,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

He said, “I feel the chief minister should concentrate on this,”

Devendra Fadnavis also said that he recently heard a Shiv Sena MLA saying that after receiving adequate compensation, local farmers are now ready to give land to the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Ratnagiri district.

I feel happy that the Shiv Sena, which is always protesting against such projects, is changing its line. With an investment of Rs 2.5 lakh crore, the largest refinery in the country was coming up at Nanar… but the Shiv Sena protested saying there was local opposition, “I feel happy that the Shiv Sena which always protests against such projects is changing its line. The biggest refinery in the country was coming up at Nanar with an investment of Rs 2.5 lakh crore… but the Shiv Sena protested saying there was local opposition,”

On such large ventures, the Sena will change its stance, Mr. Fadnavis said.


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