PM Modi raised Kedarnath issue for political gains; says Congress

by Garry Watts October 23, 2017, 0:36
PM Modi raised Kedarnath issue for political gains; says Congress

"But the then government at the Centre apparently had reservations about it and I had to return, However, perhaps Baba (Lord Shiva) had decided that the reconstruction around Kedarnath will be done by Baba's son only", he said.

"All over, industries were threatened to be closed down in the name of environment".

"A special thanks to my team for successfully executing a project that will stand up to extreme tidal variations and inhospitable weather conditions, as also enable South Asia's first truly world-class Ro-Ro ferry service", EPC Constructions India CEO Shailesh Sawa said. "It is true, Modi ji came to Dehradun, at my residence, gave cheque of Rs 5 Crore for relief on behalf of Gujarat Govt", he said.

PM Modi was addressing BJP workers at a Gujarat Gaurav rally, moments after inaugurating a slew of development projects for the state, including the Rs 612 crore Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service.

"If we have a look at the figures which have come recently, the production of coal, electricity, natural gas and other items has increased tremendously".

Mr Modi, who was at the Kedarnath shrine a day after Diwali, laid the foundation stones of five reconstruction projects. "From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022", he added.

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The service - hanging fire since 1995 was first conceived in early 1960s.

"Imagine how much time and petrol this ferry service will save", he said, adding the facility would not be restricted to just one route.

Modi also stated that once successful, similar ferry services will be carried out to connect other coastal towns of Hazira in Surat, Pipavav, Jafrabad, Daman & Diu besides connecting with Mumbai. It is meant for passengers and would carry 500 of them at a time.

Modi is also expected to inaugurate the Sarvottam Cattle Feed Plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, after the public meeting in Dahej. Several school children also accompanied the Prime Minister on his journey in the ferry from Bhavnagar to Bharuch.

Election to pick a new 182-member Gujarat assembly is due before January 22, 2018 when its term ends.


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