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Nanar refinery row: CM Fadnavis snubs Shiv Sena, says he has power to decide project’s fate

The CM pointed out that industries minister and Sena leader Subhash Desai has the right to stop the land acquisition process, but the government will take the final decision.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2018 15:42 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
Nanar refinery row,Mumbai,Maharashtra
CM Devendra Fadnavis.(HT File Photo)

The war of words between saffron allies, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, was on display once again on Tuesday, when chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis snubbed his ally over the proposed petrochemical refinery project at Nanar in Ratnagiri.

Fadnavis was replying to a calling attention motion in the Legislative Council, initiated by the leader of Opposition, Dhananjay Munde, and Congress leaders Sanjay Dutt and Bhai Jagtap on Day Five of the Monsoon session on Tuesday. The CM pointed out that being the head of the Maharashtra Industries Development Corporation (MIDC), industries minister Subhash Desai has every right to stop the land acquisition process, but it was the government to take the final decision.

Desai, a senior Sena leader had announced that his department had cancelled the notification issued by the government on setting up the refinery project at Nanar in Ratnagiri district of Konkan where farmers are protesting.

“When some people protested against the project, the industries department sent proposal for its de-notification. But as a government, there is no decision taken yet on the proposal,” Fadnavis said.

Powers for any decision on de-notification lies with the CM and a high power committee appointed for the purpose.

Fadnavis also insisted that the government is open for discussions with all stake-holders. “We will solve all the issues, address the concerns of the locals and not force the project on them,” he assured the members of the upper house of the legislature.

The Opposition said there was difference of opinion in the Cabinet as the industries minister had announced the cancellation of notification that initiated land acquisition process while Fadnavis snubbed him. Dutt and Munde said Desai should clarify if he had the power to announce the cancellation of land acquisition. Meanwhile, Member of Legislative Assembly from Congress, Nitesh Rane, staged a protest at Vidhan Bhavan to oppose the project.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 10:57 IST