three chief ministers have jostled for political power
in the past. Now it''s a battle to attract investment into
their respective states. Tamil Nadu chief minister M K
Karunanidhi, it seems, will do almost anything to bring
in the bucks. That includes highlighting his state''s strengths
in English, a language he is not known to speak often.
Nadu has a trump card in Dayanidhi Maran, union minister
for telecom, who has helped to bring more than a billion
dollars in investment in the two years since he''s been
and his granduncle, chief minister Karunanidhi, visited
Bangalore to woo investors to his state. The promise of
better infrastructure and personal attention from a union
minister it seems is Tamil Nadu''s USP.
has long been the poster boy of Indian IT. But it has
had problems in the past year. First, Bangalore''s infamous
infrastructure mess, then a raging battle between the
Chief Minister''s father and Infosys chief Narayan Murthy
saw many companies threaten to leave Bangalore.
the new chief minister has sought to calm those fears
and improve Bangalore''s infrastructure.
has often been touted as an alternative to Bangalore.
Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy says over Rs30,000
crore investment is due soon. And the government has a
relatively easy way to acquire the 22,000 acres of land
will give landowners, who are farmers, two choices. Either
become a revenue shareholder in the finished project.
Or have part of his land returned to him after the government
develops it. This would boost its value.
says, "In and around Hyderabad quite a few SEZs are
being planned. Besides that, ONGC is planning an SEZ in
Kakinada for 10,000 acres, Nelur and Chitur districts
will also have SEZs. So all these areas will come up.''
land assurances the government offers industries rebates
power tariffs. So, from subsidised power to speaking in
alien tongues, it seems that the three chief ministers
will do anything to ensure they win the battle for the