The victory of the Narendra Modi-led BJP in Gujarat assembly elections and the Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh was welcomed by India Inc with industry captains stating governments in both states should herald new investments with stable, investor-friendly policies. Corporate India feels political parties should put development agenda on the forefront as people want good infrastructure.
Complimenting the victory of Modi, who won for the third consecutive time, RC Bhargava, chairman of the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki said: “What we look for before investing is good governance, which is needed for any industry to work well. As long as that is met, along with good infrastructure, it is good for us.” Maruti has emerged as one of the biggest investors in Gujarat with plans to build a new plant there.
Suzuki Motor Corp chairman Osamu Suzuki had visited the state in September to inspect the land and had signed an agreement with the state government. This is the company’s first plant outside Haryana.
Maruti has committed investments of Rs 8,000 crore to build a 1,100-acre mega-factory in Mehsana district to produce 1.5 million cars per year at peak output by 2018-19. Production is expected to start by 2016. With a focus on exports, this plant is expected to become parent Suzuki’s global small car hub.
Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej group and president, Confederation of Indian Industry, while complimenting the BJP and Modi said: “The stability in the state will enhance the confidence of the industry and herald new investments.” He said CII has been working closely with the state government and looks forward to continuing its engagement for Gujarat’s progress.
On Himachal Pradesh, Godrej congratulated the incoming Congress government. “The clear mandate provides a great opportunity for the new government to take necessary and bold measures to develop infrastructure and industrial clusters. CII looks forward to working very closely with the new government,” he added.
TV Mohandas Pai, chairman, Aarin Capital and formerly director HR Infosys said: “The elections have shown that a development-based agenda is a winnable one as it is a politically astute strategy by treating everyone equally. Our