Mumbai: After the signing of a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) between the Central government and state-owned oil companies to jointly develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex - Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL) - Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis a betrayer (fitoor). He further claimed that the Shiv Sena will not allow commencement of the project.
A MoU was signed by the Central government and state-owned IOCL, BPCL and HPCL and Saudi Aramco to jointly develop and build RRPCL on Wednesday in Delhi.
Uddhav Thackeray stated that the Chief Minister had assured that the disastrous project like the oil refinery will not be forced on Konkan.
“Without consent of the locals, the project would not take off. Despite his assurance to the farmers and residents of Konkan, the MoU has been signed in Delhi and this is nothing but a betrayal and proves that the CM’s word has no value in Delhi,” he said.
Attacking the Chief Minister, Thackeray further alleged that Fadnavis broke the people’s faith and behaved like a renegade (fitoor).
Shiv Sena is with people of Konkan and will oppose the project, as it is going to ruin the glory of Konkan.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Fadnavis stated that though the MoU has been signed, without consent of the locals, it won’t be approved by the authorities. Ashok Walam, committee member of the Nanar Action Committee, said that the government has ‘backstabbed’ the people of Konkan by signing the MoU. “During various meetings held with the CM, he assured that no project will come up if the locals are against it,” said Walam.