The Shiv Sena called for a signature campaign on Saturday against the Maharashtra government for losing the Vedanta-Foxconn contract. The company was in advanced talks with Maharashtra having signed an MoU with the government of Gujarat to set up their semiconductor and display manufacturing unit in the state. The semiconductor and display manufacturing unit was supposed to be structured in Maharashtra. The sudden move has created a political firestorm in Maharashtra. Huge number of people participated in the campaign.
In the leadership of Shiv Sena MP Rajan Vichare and Thane District Chief of Shiv Sena, Kedar Dighe the event took place. Vedanta, one of India’s biggest mining companies, and Taiwan’s Foxconn sealed agreements on Tuesday to set up semiconductor and display production plants in Gujarat, setting up a political row in neighbouring Maharashtra where the ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena blamed each other for the proposed plants that were expected to be built in Maharashtra.
MP Rajan Vichare said, “Foxconn Vedanta project was pitched in Maharashtra by Maha Vikas Aaghadi Government. With this project, the unemployment issue would have been resolved. But this present government grabbed the Employment of our youth by this decision.”
He further stated, “On the occasion of PM Modi’s birthday we will request him to give us back our Maharashtra’s Project and Employment of our youths.”
Thane District chief of Shiv Sena Kedar Dighe said, “We organized this Signature campaign to prohibit the decision taken by the Government. The Maharashtra Government needs to open their eyes and recognize the importance of this project. How can crucial projects like this shift to some other state? There is some conspiracy behind this that should be investigated.”
“Youth should come together and protest in large numbers if they want projects like Vedanta to happen in Maharashtra as it is a matter of livelihood of youth”, he further emphasised.