Hyderabad: Minister for Information Technology and Industries KT Rama Rao on Saturday alleged that Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has written a letter to Foxconn Technology Group to relocate its proposed Apple AirPods plant from Hyderabad to Bengaluru even as the latter denied writing any such letter.
The Telangana unit of the Congress party has reacted strongly to KTR’s claim and asked him to be prepared to face a legal battle. Addressing a lawyers’ meeting as part of the BRS campaign for Telangana Assembly elections, KTR read out the letter purported to have been written by Shivakumar.
The BRS working president claimed that the Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister wrote to Young Liu, Chairman, Foxconn that several international industries in Hyderabad have expressed interest in relocating to Bengaluru.
“We anticipate forming a friendly government in Telangana soon, assuring that you will encounter no hindrance there. Hence, it would be mutually beneficial for your ancillary industry to make the move as well,” KTR quoted the letter. The BRS leader said that the letter is an example of what would happen if KCR does not become chief minister for a third term.
He said Telangana needs a leader who can safeguard the State’s interests and not the Congress which wants to shift the industries out of Hyderabad.
He claimed that Foxconn agreed to set up a unit in Telangana after the State government’s efforts for four years. He recalled that in June last year, the Foxconn chairman visited Hyderabad, met Chief Minister KCR, and signed an MoU to set up a factory, which will employ one lakh people.
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