Some states rain on the Make In In­dia pa­rade

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Its stated aim was to show­case the strengths of In­dia and its var­i­ous states to for­eign and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors. But, did political ac­ri­mony cast a long shadow over the glitzy six-day Make in In­dia event that con­cluded here on Thurs­day?

The bit­ter ness be­tween na­tional par­ties, es­pe­cially be­tween the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party and the Op­po­si­tion, may have re­sulted in a di­min­ished re­sponse.

The event was an ini­tia­tive by the Union com­merce min­istry fol­low­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s clar­ion call to global man­u­fac­tur­ers to man­u­fac­ture in In­dia. It was sup­posed to be a plat­form for states to woo in­vestors.

How­ever, the event saw good par­tic­i­pa­tion mostly from BJP-ruled states. The re­sponse from other states ranged from luke­warm to out­right no-shows. Of the 29 states, only 17 ac­tu­ally set up pavil­ions. Of the 17, nine are ruled by the BJP and its al­lies.

No­table by their ab­sence were Bi­har, West Ben­gal and Jammu & Kash­mir, though all three have been ag­gres­sively scout­ing for in­vest­ment. None of the north-east­ern states par­tic­i­pated ei­ther.

And highly in­dus­tri­alised Tamil Nadu was rep­re­sented only by its in­dus­tries com­mis­sioner; nei­ther chief min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa nor any of her min­is­ters turned up.

In fact, only eight chief min- is­ters put in an ap­pear­ance; and Odisha’s Naveen Pat­naik was the only one who wasn’t from the BJP.

Even from the BJP, Ra­jasthan’s Va­sund­hara Raje was ab­sent. Pun­jab’s chief min­is­ter did not come ei­ther, though the BJP shares power with the Akali Dal.

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PRATHAM GOKHALE/ HT

Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis (cen­tre) on the last day of Make In In­dia week at BKC on Thurs­day.

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