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Nanar project protest part of a deal between Sena and BJP:Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Shiv Sena's opposition to the proposed in the coastal Konkan in is part of a "deal" it has struck with the BJP whose real intention is to shift the project to neighbouring Gujarat, senior alleged today.

He also attacked the BJP-led government over "tardy" implementation of the Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver, announced by in June last year.

"The protests by the against the Nanar project are part of a deal with the BJP. The Centre ultimately wants to shift the refinery project to However, since the BJP cannot do so directly, it has roped in the Sena to stage protests.

"The BJP would scrap the project for a while and claim that it was doing so to honour the wish of the people (before shifting it to Gujarat). Both the parties are fooling people," the of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly said.

The Rs 3-trillion project envisages setting up of the world's largest in the ecologically-sensitive Ratnagiri district.

Local farmers and fishermen have been opposing the project on the ground that it would permanently damage the ecology in the region.

Parties like the Shiv Sena, which is a constituent of the BJP-led government, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have come out strongly against the project.

Vikhe said the loan waiver had failed to cater to the genuine farmers.

"A total of 696 farmers have committed suicide in the state in three months after the waiver was announced. In Umred taluka of Yavatmal district, a recently lit his own pyre and committed suicide. The government had granted the waiver not for the welfare of farmers but for the self promotion in the name of peasants," Vikhe said.

The said the waiver has failed to bail out the farmers who are in distress.

"While campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi had assured that the minimum support price (MSP) of agri commodities would be set with 50% profit margin for farmers. However, after becoming prime mnister, Modi had no time for farmers. This shows the BJP's insensitive attitude towards farmers," he said.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:00 IST