No name on invitation card, Patel says will skip Advantage Vidarbha

Union Heavy Industries Minister and Gondia MP Praful Patel has said he will not attend Advantage Vidarbha, the special two-day programme to attract investment in the region, as he has not been invited to the programme.

"The invitation card doesn't bear my name. I am Minister for Heavy Industries, a nodal agency for automobile industry. I am the only Union Minister from Vidarbha. They are trying to attract the auto industry. And they didn't print my name on the card. I will not attend even if they re-print the card with my name," Patel told The Indian Express on phone.

Asked if he saw this as faux pas, Patel said, "How can it be? Don't they understand that I need to be invited properly?"

On MoUs worth over 12,000 crore being signed ahead of the programme, Patel said, "MoUs don't necessarily mean investment are surely going to come. It's just expression of intent."

Recalling his criticism during initial days of MIHAN project, Patel said, "I brought the Boeing MRO. What has come to MIHAN over past four years ever since I am out of contention?"

Patel also said he is getting a 2,500-crore photo-voltaic cell plant of BHEL at Sakoli in Bhandara district.

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