Mumbai: After the India-China clash at Ladakh, the Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra has paused three projects signed with Chinese companies.
Looking back to the history, just before the border fight, the meeting held and were finalised at the recent “Magnetic Maharashtra 2.0,” between two countries.
Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai told NDTV that “Yes, the decision was taken after consulting the center. We have put the projects on hold and are waiting for further directives from the center”.
The conference was held last Monday via video conferencing which was an attempt to kick-start the economy in Maharashtra. A dozen MoUs were signed with countries like China, South Korea, Singapore and the US.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “India wants peace but that doesn’t mean we are weak. China’s nature is betrayal. India is Mazboot (strong) not Majboor (helpless).”
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said at the meeting that all previous trade agreements must be reviewed “to ensure that Chinese products are not used.”
Many states are reviewing contracts with Chinese companies after the Ladakh clash.
Sanjay Raut, a senior leader of the Chief Minister’s Shiv Sena, said that “There is a sentiment against China currently. So the center should come out with a national policy on what needs to be done about deals with China. Maharashtra government has always put forth its views first about nationalism. Even Uddhav Thackeray had made his views on nationalism clear during the teleconference with the PM.”