The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) grew closer to on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising NCP chief Sharad Pawar for his contribution and experience while Pawar expressed support to the government on development issues.
During his four-hour visit to Baramati, the bastion of the Pawar family, Modi said, “Baramati has both gati (speed) and mati (intelligence). Gati and mati leads to pragati (development).” Posters welcoming the Prime Minister, with photos of Modi and Pawar, lined all major streets of Baramati.
While Pawar was cautious not to make political comments, Modi dropped several political hints. Democracy runs on two wheels: wivad and samwad (debate and dialogue), he said, adding, “Rashtraniti is bigger than rajniti”.
Recalling his association with Pawar when he was Gujarat CM, Modi said “I used to call him when I had problems with the Union government. He always helped me, raising above political considerations”. He added that the two still held telephonic conversations. “We represent different political ideologies but are united when it comes to development.
Pawar raised issues plaguing farmers with Modi, and reiterated his support to development works. “We should play politics for two days a year and think of development for the remaining 362 days” he said.
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and CM Devendra Fadnavis accompanied PM Modi. Modi visited Vidya Pratishthan, Krishi Vigyan Kendra and inaugurated a hall named after Pawar’s brother Aooasaheb Pawar. A special lunch was held in PM Modi’s honour at the Pawar residence and was attended by three generations of the Pawar family.
GE manufacturing facility
Modi inaugurated US based GE Corporation’s first multi-modal integrated manufacturing facility in India set up at an estimated cost of $200 million (about Rs 1,250 crores).
The 2,50,000 sq feet facility at Pune — that will manufacture a range of diversified products for sectors like energy, aviation, oil and gas transportation — has come up at a time when the government is promoting manufacturing under the Make-in-India campaign and will generate 1,500 direct and indirect jobs.
As much as 50% product output from this facility will be used for exporting to other GE sites across the globe.
Speaking at the manufacturing site, Modi invited GE to manufacture ships in India and to modernise the Indian Railways.
“India offers immense opportunities for the ship-building sector,” PM Modi said at the inauguration ceremony — which was also attended by Maharashtra governor Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and the GE leadership team, represented by vice-chairman John G Rice and South Asia president & CEO Banmali Agrawala.
Endorsing India as a major global manufacturing destination, GE Vice-Chairman John Rice announced the second phase expansion of this manufacturing facility saying that it was a testimony of GE’s commitment for the Indian market.
In the first phase of operations, the facility named ‘Brilliant Factory’ at Chakan, will manufacture products and solutions for power sector, oil and gas and transportation industries, while in Phase II, the facility will include manufacturing capability for new generation aviation engine components and machining and sub-assembly for the latest rail locomotives and diesel engines.