NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase slammed the silence of Maharashtra CM Shinde and his two deputies Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, alleging the government’s “passive stance” hurt the state “as Gujarat makes renewed attempts to entice businesses away from Maharashtra.”
“Why have they not undertaken a Magnetic Maharashtra campaign in Gujarat to attract investments into the state?” he asked.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel led the roadshow of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2024 in Mumbai on Wednesday.
“Don’t understand why the CM of Gujarat took the trouble to come to Mumbai for a Vibrant Gujarat event when the unconstitutional Maharashtra CM and his two deputies are already serving the state of Gujarat by driving away industries from Maharashtra into Gujarat (sic),” Shiv Sena (UBT) Rajya Sabha member Priyanka Chaturdevi said.
The ruling dispensation in Maharashtra came under heavy attack when the Vedanta-Foxconn and Tata-Airbus projects shifted to Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
During the back-to-back meetings, Gujarat CM Patel said that 38% of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor passes through Gujarat. Additionally, work is underway on the high-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor for the bullet train. “These pivotal projects will benefit the logistics sector and economic activities of Gujarat and Mumbai,” he said.
He said Gujarat’s forthcoming wave of economic growth will be driven by forward-looking industrial infrastructure projects such as GIFT City, DREAM City, the Hybrid Solar and Wind Renewable Energy Park, and Dholera SIR. “Prominent financial institutions, such as the World Trade Center, GIFT-NIFTY, and Bank of America, are established within GIFT City. GIFT City takes pride in being home to the nation’s inaugural International Bullion Exchange,” said Patel.