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Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that the Modi government is moving towards ‘Licence Raj’ in the country.SEDI News

Raising the issue of several large investments going to the state of Gujarat, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said there is a fear that the Narendra Modi-led central government is bringing back the “licence raj” by centralizing all powers at the centre. Prime Minister.

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“The way the Modi government is behaving, it looks like they are moving towards license raj in the country which the Congress ended in the past. Efforts are being made to keep all investment powers in the country with the Prime Minister. It is not good for the country,” Chavan told reporters.

The former chief minister said that it is not only private investment that is being diverted from Maharashtra to other states including Gujarat, but government investment is also being diverted. “Marine Police Academy was planned by Congress in Palghar, Maharashtra, but shifted to Dwarka after Modi came to power. The Modi government had shifted the International Financial Services Center (IFSC) from Mumbai to Gandhinagar in the past and the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis did not say a word about it,” Chavan said.

The Congress leader pointed out that later, a bullet train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad was envisaged by the Modi government to enable foreign delegates to travel to Gandhinagar. Who demanded bullet trains in Maharashtra? It was thrust upon the state with 50 percent of the cost. If Maharashtra wants a bullet train, it will be between Mumbai to Nagpur or Mumbai to Pune,” he said.

Many private investment schemes have left Maharashtra and many more are underway, Chavan said, “The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is saying that the central government will give many big projects to Maharashtra. They are moving towards license raj with all powers vested in the Prime Minister.”

He said that private investors consider certain issues before starting their projects, including political stability. “They note the political stability and look closely at volatile and uncertain situations as it will adversely affect investment,” Chavan said, adding that there is uncertainty over the current state government and the Supreme Court will hopefully clear the situation soon.

Chavan also spoke about the preparations by the local unit of the Congress to participate in the Rahul Gandhi-led ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Maharashtra. “Public awareness rallies will be held in the city to encourage people to participate in the yatra. Representatives of civil society will be requested to join,” said city Congress president Arvind Shinde.

The city unit will collect sand from various historical and prominent places, along with water from various rivers, and hand it over to Gandhi to plant trees during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, said former Congress chief Abhay Chhajed.