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

21 October 2017

In a fresh attack on Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the opposition of impeding him from doing any developmental work in the flood-struck Kedarnath in 2013.

He said, in the last 22 years, BJP governments brought all round development in Gujarat and the identity of the state is known for its development.

"I as the chief minister of Gujarat had offered to take responsibility of reconstructing areas surrounding Kedarnath temple in the aftermath of 2013 tragedy".

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Narendra Modi has visited Kedarnath shrine a few times even as the prime minister.

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The Congress leader listed several infrastructure projects like roads, pilgrim shelters, rest houses, houses and river banks approved by the Congress government around the temple which was ravaged by floods in 2013. In my excitement I shared the development with the media and within an hour TV channels flashed it, causing a storm in New Delhi.

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"True, Modi ji came to my residence in Dehradun in 2013, and gave me a cheque of Rs 5 crore for relief work, on behalf of the Gujarat government. There is now a BJP government in Uttarakhand", Modi said in his 40-minute speech at Kedarnath, saying money will not be a constraint in redeveloping the site, including widening the pedestrian route to the shrine and developing new ghats. During the visit, PM Modi laid foundation stone for Kedarpuri Reconstruction Project, the construction of a museum, and the distribution of electricity to over 4 crore families and reconstructing Adi Guru Shankaracharya's tomb.

Earlier in the day, former chief minister Harish Rawat also castigated Prime Minister Modi and said, "The Centre does not interfere in such works". People close to PM Narendra Modi say that he has a special connection with Kedarnath.

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.

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