Haryana will always remain Maruti's base: Hooda

He said opposition's claims suggesting that Maruti was packing up from Haryana and shifting to Gujarat was not true.

Chandigarh: Dismissing opposition charge that Maruti was shifting from Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Wednesday asserted that the state has and will remain the auto major's base, and the company is planning expansion in the state.

"INLD and Haryana Janhit Congress leaders have recently been issuing misleading statements about Maruti shifting base from Haryana. I want to clarify that none of this is true. Maruti has its base here and in future too Haryana will be its base," Hooda told a press conference here.

He said opposition's claims suggesting that Maruti was packing up from Haryana and shifting to Gujarat was not true.

"In fact, I recently received a letter from Mr (Osamu) Suzuki (of Suzuki Motor Co), stating that the company was planning to pump more investment in Haryana," he said, adding that Maruti's Gujarat move had nothing to do with recent labour unrest in the company's Manesar plant.

He said that the Haryana government had no objection to Maruti's proposal to set up a plant in Gujarat for export market near a port.

"They are free to expand and put plant at other places. We cannot stop them from doing so, but there is no link that Gujarat move was triggered by labour unrest in Manesar," he stressed.

Hooda said that Maruti has three existing plants in Haryana -- one in Gurgaon, plant A and B in Manesar, all set up with a combined investment of Rs 12,000 crore and now they were setting up Plant C in Manesar, at an investment of Rs 2,000 crore.

"Besides, the company proposes to invest Rs 1,700 crore in an international Research and Development (R&D) testing centre at Industrial Model Township (IMT) at Rohtak in the next two years," he said.

Maruti has been allotted 600 acres of land at IMT Rohtak by the state government for setting up what is being claimed by the state government as "biggest" R&D centre in Asia.

Besides, Maruti has also taken 100 acres of land at IMT Rohtak for setting up ancillary units for automobiles.

"Most of the investments by Maruti in Haryana have been from 2005 onwards when Congress came to power. The opposition is only in the habit of misleading the people. They keep running their factory, in which only lies are produced," he said launching a scathing attack on the opposition parties.

Defending state's labour policy, Hooda said, "the Manesar strike was not caused because there is any fault in our policy".