Modi Magic in Tamilnadu !

published on December 5, 2010

Modi’s red carpet kicks up row
Deccan Chronicle

Chennai, Dec. 4: The saffron brigade had never been a threat to the DMK government. However, this time, Mr Narendra Modi and his team have actually shaken a few Dravidian folks out of their slumber. And his charm on the state’s industrialists seems to be turning real.

During his whirlwind visit sometime last month, the Gujarat chief minister struck a chord with his audience with a promise of “If you have the plan ready, we will give approvals in two hours”. This saw 10 top industrial houses holding closed-door investment meetings with his team.

More recently, in the wake of increasing labour unrest and power shortages in Tamil Nadu, auto majors Hyundai and Ford were reported to be exploring Gujarat to set up their units. Though these firms may not move lock, stock and barrel out of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat is sure to feature in their future expansion plans, say top officials in the know of things.

This quick reversal of fortunes has certainly caught the TN industries department unawares which was for long been basking in the glory of auto investments. It has even forced an MP from the Congress ally, Mr K.S. Alagiri, to shoot off a letter to Union Commerce minister Anand Sharma seeking his intervention to stop the migration!

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