Chief minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the delay in approving installation of gates on the Sardar Sarovar dam.
“I congratulate Gujarat Congress leaders who met the prime minister on this issue. My question to the PM is that even if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to them…at least, listen to your party leaders,” Modi said while addressing farmers at the Krishi Mela organised at the Khodaldham temple in Kagvad village.
“I don’t know why they are not allowing installation of gates on the dam. I urge the prime minister to leave politics aside and to give us permission to install gates on Sardar Sarovar dam. This work has been pending for five years,” he said.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate also said that it would take a good three years from the date of the nod to complete installation of the gates.
The Sardar Sarovar dam project has been delayed by several years, decades in fact, on account of question marks over rehabilitation of the people displaced by the project. Gujarat government claims that it has completed the rehabilitation, but permission is being denied to install gates on the dam due to political reasons.
The chief minister urged the farmers to adopt latest farming techniques for better yield and to go for value addition in agriculture. He said that the country would become prosperous only if purchasing power goes up in rural areas. He also spoke about the proposed Statue of Unity saying it would be a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel.
The Agri Fair platform, interestingly, united political arch rivals as BJP general secretary Vijay Rupani was seen sitting beside his counterpart from Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) Gordhan Zadaphia on the stage. Both not only sat next to each other but were also seen chatting for quite some time.
Modi blaming Centre to hide his failure: Cong
Gujarat Congress accused chief minister Narendra Modi of spreading lies on the issue of Narmada project. “The government of Gujarat could not complete its share of the canal network as part of the Narmada project. Hence, Modi is spreading lies about central government’s injustice to Gujarat,” said GPCC spokesperson Manish Doshi. He said that of total 74,626-km-long network, the state government has been able to build only 19,672 km.