Monday, September 17, 2012

Won’t wrest Maruti from Manesar, says Modi

A day ahead of his proposed meeting with top executives of the Maruti-Suzuki Corporation at its headquarters in Hamamatsu, chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday made frantic attempts to de-link the top car maker’s decision to set up a new plant in Bhechraji in North Gujarat from the ongoing dispute in the company’s Manesar plantin Haryana.
    Suggesting that he did not want to fishing troubled waters,Modi told a seminar organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo that the Japanese MNC’s decision to set up a second plant in Gujarat “has no connection”whatsoever with what was happening in Manesar. Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar plant was locked out recently following violent protests by workers.
    Modi said, “There is no question of shifting Maruti Suzuki plant from Manesar to Gujarat. The company’s proposal to set up its second plant in Gujarat is a standalone decision. The Gujarat government wishes that every state should develop industrially.” An official note issued here said Modi “refused to comment on the ongoing dispute over the Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar in Haryana”. It quoted Modi as telling the JETRO seminar that “human safety and industrial peace are of paramount importance for development”, adding, he hoped the Haryana government would“solve the dispute.”
    But he did not miss the opportunity to indirectly contrast violent incidents in Haryana with the “peaceful” situation in Gujarat. He told the seminar, “Gujarat has been endeavoring to attain zero level man-days loss and solve dispute between the industry and labour through consensus and arbitration.” TNN
CM evasive on PM ambitions Tokyo: Chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday remained evasive on the question of him being projected by some in the BJP as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general election, saying he was committed to his task towards his state. Modi, who is in Japan to attract investment, attacked the UPA government, saying it had many internal problems and there was a possibility of Lok Sabha elections taking place earlier than 2014.
    Asked directly as to what he would do for the people if he became the prime minister, Modi responded, "In politics, ifs and buts have no place." Asked if he nurtures the ambition of becoming India's prime minister, Modi said, "I am committed to Gujarat. I am committed to the 60 million people of Gujarat. They have given me the responsibility. I will have to fulfill that".