Taunting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the MoUs signed by Maharashtra government during the recent ‘Make in India’ (MII) Week, the Shiv Sena on Monday said similar agreements were signed by the party with its smaller allies before the assembly polls but they have not been honoured yet.
The Sena also said if the MoUs worth lakhs of crores of rupees signed with foreign companies meet the same fate, the government will not be able to compensate for the cost of organising the ‘Make in India’ Week.
"2,594 MoUs have been signed during the MII Week and Rs.3,25,000 crore worth investments have been promised for Mumbai-Konkan region, Rs.1,50,000 crore for Vidarbha region and Rs.25,000 crore for Khandesh. Also, Rs.50,000 crore will be invested in Pune.
"These figures may vary because like air is filled in balloons, investment figures are usually inflated," Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.
"The BJP had signed MoUs with 4 smaller parties of Mahadev Jankar, Sadabhau Khot, Ramdas Athawale and Raju Shetty. They were offered ministerial berths, Corporations and promises to solve farmers’ issues were made. They were also promised respect in the government if they helped the BJP come to power. What happened to those MoUs," it asked.
The Sena further said that the smaller allies have revealed that none of the promises has been honoured by the BJP.
"If the MoUs signed with foreign investors meet the same fate, the government will not even be able to recover costs to host the MII event," it said.
The Sena said Maharashtra Advocate General Shreehari Aney, who is "hindering the growth and development of Maharashtra", should be sent to a far-off country like Finland or Tanzania.
"If the chief minister only succeeds in doing this, Make in India will become successful," it said.
The Sena had last week slammed the Advocate General for his comments on farmers’ suicides and said he made the Maharashtra government seen "unworthy" in front of the Bombay High Court.