Two steps forward, one step back

It is difficult to imagine this happening in any other country except India. After lobbying hard with the central government to secure the right to develop a Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) at Mangalore, the Karnataka government is likely to withdraw its application. A final decision is likely to be taken at the next cabinet meeting.

Politics is behind this recent development. The newly elected BJP government in Karnataka would like to distance itself from the PCPIR proposal developed by the earlier Congress led government. Politicians also appear to be paying close attention to protests by the local population who fear large scale land acquisition.

And the BJP also wants to consolidate its vote base around Dakshina Kannada district where the PCPIR has been proposed. The BPJ won only four out of eight seats in the last election.

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