Nano is not the first project to come to Gujarat:Congress

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Ahmedabad, Oct 13 (UNI) The Congress in Gujarat today alleged that chief minister Narendra Modi is trying to get cheap publicity on the Nano deal, saying that it is not the first project to have come to the state.

''The chief minister is overreacting to the Nano deal by going ga ga over it'', Gujarat Congress Comittee chief Siddharth Patel told mediapersons here that the party's approach to any industrial project is positive and constructive. ''It does not want to do politics at the cost of the development of the state'', he said.

Mr Patel said in the past, during the Congress rule, far bigger projects than Nano like GNFC, refineries of Reliance and Essar, IPCL and GSFC had come to the state whose project investment was around Rs 30 to Rs 50 thousand crore. Even Tata Group has commissioned other projects like 4000 MW Power plant in Kutch at the cost of Rs 16,000 crore. ''But Congress or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has never tried to get cheap publicity by giving advertisements in newspapers and in other media'', he said.

Mr Patel said Congress is against the way the deal is wrapped in secrecy. It is seeking answers to some important questions like at what price Tatas have been allocated land and what terms of payment have been decided? Is their any provision in the deal to ensure that the youth of the state get job in the project? What sort of sops have been offered, particularly when the government had been maintaining that it did not believe in giving sops to industry but believed in providing proper facilities including infrastructure.

Has the state industrial policy been changed overnight to suit Tata's demand?, he asked and said the Congress has asked for details of the deal signed between the Gujarat government and Tata Motors for the company's Nano car project under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

In an application to the Industries Commissioner, the party has also asked for details of incentives given to Tata Motors.


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