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After Shiv Sena protests, Fadnavis admits: damages image abroad, sends wrong FDI signal

The Maharashtra government has been on an overdrive to woo foreign investors. Since assuming office in October last year, Fadnavis has travelled to six countries — US, Israel, China, Japan, Germany and Switzerland — as part of his Make in Maharashtra push.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai |
Updated: October 13, 2015 6:02:49 am
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The attack on former BJP leader Sudheendra Kulkarni by Shiv Sena activists could dent India’s image on the global stage and impact FDI inflow into Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told The Indian Express Monday.

“Such acts of violence will have international ramifications and tarnish the image of India. It can also impact foreign investments in Maharashtra. Such politics does not augur well for India and Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said.

Watch Video- Attack On Sudheendra Kulkarni By Shiv Sena Activists: An Analysis

The Maharashtra government has been on an overdrive to woo foreign investors. Since assuming office in October last year, Fadnavis has travelled to six countries — US, Israel, China, Japan, Germany and Switzerland — as part of his Make in Maharashtra push. A month ago, the government announced new investment projects by Foxconn, Ford and General Motors in the state.

“In less than a year, we have succeeded to get investments to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore. The socio-economic reforms undertaken by us have helped us boost the confidence of investors in foreign countries,” Fadnavis said.

Stating that he cannot allow the state to turn into a banana republic, Fadnavis said, “We may not agree with the views of somebody, but when a foreign dignitary or a diplomat arrives on a valid visa and holds a programme which is not illegal, it is the duty of the state to provide protection. We may not entirely endorse Kasuri’s views, but we can’t let our state be turned into a banana republic. I think the way things have happened, it has brought a bad name to our state. There could be better ways to put forth our views.”

He also said attacks on an individual artiste or author cannot be the medium to show one’s patriotism. “Matters of two nations have to be dealt with an iron hand at the proper forum at an appropriate time,” he said.

“Everybody has the right to express their views. But when you merge the boundaries between protest and take the law into your hands, it cannot be justified. Nor does it serve the larger cause of national interest… Action would be taken against such people,” he said.

“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi can never compromise on national interest. The BJP has relentlessly worked to safeguard national interest even when it was in the opposition and continues to do so now as a ruling party at the Centre and the state. In the last 15 months, there have been occasions when the Centre has conveyed bold decisions on its relationship with neighbours,” he said.

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