Union Home Minister and BJP MP Amit Shah on Wednesday mentioned Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s gesture of taking alongside anti-Narmada activist Medha Patkar throughout his Bharat Jodo Yatra is the “biggest insult” meted out to Gujarat’s individuals by the Opposition get together.
He was addressing a ballot rally in Jasdan city in Rajkot district in help of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kunvarji Bavalia for the following month’s Gujarat Assembly elections.
Voting on Jasdan and 88 different seats can be held on December 1 within the first part of the two-phase polls.
“Medha Patkar, who had stalled the Narmada dam project through litigation, is now walking with Congress’ prince Rahul Gandhi. The party owes an answer to the people. This is akin to sprinkling salt on the wounds of the people of Gujarat,” the Gandhinagar MP mentioned.
The official deal with of ‘Bharat Jodo’ had tweeted a photograph of Ms Patkar with Mr Gandhi when the Yatra was in Maharashtra, together with a caption, “When you do something for the society, people involved in social welfare themselves join you, social activist, Medha Patkar participated in ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra”.
“Rahul Gandhi chose to take along a person who had deprived Gujarat of getting the Narmada water for 20 years. This is the biggest insult meted out to Gujarat by the Opposition party,” mentioned Mr Shah.
He additionally slammed Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal for giving a ticket to Ms Patkar within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the North East Mumbai constituency.
“But, he (Kejriwal) is smart. He understands this is not the right time to bring her to Gujarat ahead of the elections. But, ask AAP leaders the reason for giving her the ticket,” Mr Shah advised the rally.
He credited the BJP authorities for ending water shortage within the Rajkot area of Gujarat and accused Congress of delaying the Sardar Sarovar dam venture.
“The foundation stone of Sardar Sarovar dam was laid by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1963, one year before my birth. The water finally reached here when I turned 58. So who stalled the Narmada project? The Congress party had stalled this project from 1963 till 2002,” he alleged.
Mr Shah mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sat on an indefinite starvation strike when he was chief minister of Gujarat towards the Congress-led UPA authorities’s determination to not improve the peak of the dam.
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