Shiv Sena, which played a key role in getting the project scrapped, hopes to derive electoral benefits.
In the dusty but green coastal village of Nanar in Ratnagiri, homes surrounded by mango and cashew trees still sport the protest slogan: ‘Nanar oil refinery hatva, Konkan vachva’ (remove the Nanar oil refinery project and save the Konkan).
The state government may have already scrapped the project, but for voters here, it is still an election issue; the Lok Sabha polls are a chance to give it one final blow. The project, for which 16,000 acres of land was to be acquired, would have directly affected around 16 villages in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
Shiv Sena, which was looking to retain its Konkan stronghold, had made the scrapping of the Rs 3 trillion petrochemical project as one of the conditions for an alliance with the BJP. The tie-up was sealed after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped the project. Read More