We are moving towards a new ‘license-permit raj’: Prithviraj Chavan


Amid controversy over Maharashtra losing some expensive industrial projects, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has claimed the country is heading for a new ‘licence-permit raj’.

Political instability is making investors nervous, the state’s former chief minister told reporters on Tuesday.

The government of Shiv Sena faction led by Eknath Shinde and BJP alliance in Maharashtra is under fire after Gujarat bagged some mega investment projects, allegedly at the expense of Maharashtra.

Recently, a consortium led by Tata and Airbus announced a military aircraft manufacturing plant in Gujarat.

Chavan said: ”The current government of Maharashtra is not even able to form a full cabinet. It is not a good sign. The reasons (for instability) are change of government, interference from Delhi and diversion of projects that should have come to Maharashtra.” During the infamous pre-1991 license-permit raj, the government of the Union could tell investors where they should invest, he said.

“In 1991, when new economic policies were introduced, the license-permit raj was abolished and no such power was left to the Centre,” Chavan said.

“But now what is happening is that because of the concessions given by the Center, we are unwittingly moving towards a (new) licence-permit regime,” he said, implying that the Center encouraged investors to choose a particular location by offering concessions. .

Chavan also said that electing Mallikarjun Kharge as Congress President would strengthen the party.

Chavan was a member of the so-called G-23 group of congressional leaders who lobbied for the election.

“For several years and for several reasons, the election of the president of the Congress could not take place but we asked Sonia Gandhi to organize an election within the party and she accepted the request,” said he declared.

“This (holding of elections) was a very welcome move because by excluding Congress, there is no such internal democracy in any party,” Chavan said.

The elections were unprecedented in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent organization of the BJP, the Congress leader said.

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