Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday met party leaders Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant, Subhash Desai and Ramdas Kadam at his residence here to discuss the future strategy on the project, coming up in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.

Modi had reportedly told the Sena delegation that they should not oppose the project because it would be beneficial for the country as it would bring in foreign investment. "We have decided to intensify our agitation against the Jaitapur project now," Sawant told reporters after the
meeting with Thackeray.

Kadam, the state Environment Minister, termed the project as "destructive" and said it would turn the entire Konkan along with Mumbai into "ashes" if something went wrong.

"The Sena delegation tried to explain to the PM Modi that this project is destructive in nature and local farmers are vehemently opposing it. We also told him we will continue to back the farmers. There is no question of going back. The BJP should not turn this into a prestige issue. We had strongly opposed this project when Congress and NCP were in power, and our opposition will continue," Kadam said.

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