Why are Modi & BJP taking credit for projects we started, says Cong

Angelica Greene
October 21, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked rival Congress on Friday for not allowing his Gujarat government in 2013 to help in the reconstruction of the Kedarnath temple town, which was devastated due to flash floods in the summer.

The party claimed that the visit had been planned with Gujarat elections in mind and reflected Modi's "arrogance" as he had addressed a gathering there with his back towards Lord Shiva's shrine "while donning Italian glasses".

"As a chief minister of Gujarat I visited Uttarakhand in 2013 and offered to handle reconstruction works..."

Mr Modi said, "They (UPA government) viewed this with a kind of alarm as they thought the Gujarat CM will now reach Kedarnath, and mounted pressure on the then state government not to agree to my request". Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supremo said that his proposal for redevelopment of the Uttarakhand shrine, which was destroyed in flash floods of 2013, was rejected by then ruling Congress party.

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According to media reports, Modi is also scheduled to lay the foundation stone for various projects on Friday. The foundation stone for the project was laid down by the Prime Minister of India Shri.

The works he inaugurated include construction of residence for the local priests and a museum of Adi Shankaracharya.

Earlier in the day, former chief minister Harish Rawat also castigated Prime Minister Modi and said, "The Centre does not interfere in such works".

Recalling the Congress-led UPA government's move to block his efforts in 2013, the PM said the then Congress Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna had agreed but was forced to retreat after the objections of the Congress high command.

"The central government is taking steps to ensure that resources of the mountains are pooled in for development of only the mountains", he added. Narendra Modi also gave the assurance to the people of Kedarnath that in the pursuit of providing modern amenities, the traditional look of the place will be kept intact.

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