New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Uttarakhand to attend the closure ceremony of the 15th century Kedarnath shrines of Lord Shiva, narrated how his offer to rebuild it as then Gujarat chief minister after the June 2013 flood disaster was rejected by the UPA government, but said his wish to serve the “Baba” is fulfilled in 2017 with the launch of five reconstruction projects.
He, however, did not mention that then Uttarakhand’s Congress CM Vijay Bahuguna who had rejected his offer, is now a member of the BJP. Modi had flown from Ahmedabad to Dehra Dun with relief material and had gone to meet Bahuguna to make the offer. Bahuguna had, however, rejected the offer on the ground that Uttarakhand is an independent state that it will rebuild the shrine, a task that can not be given to any other state like Gujarat.
While former Uttarkhand CM Harish Rawat said all five projects launched by the PM on Friday were already started during his regime, the Congress also fired salvo at Modi for speaking lies in “Baba’s Darbar” and insulting culture and traditions by showing his back to the shrines when speaking from a stage set up in front of the main door of the shrines.
“Modi forgot to mention that then Congress government at the Centre had sanctioned a Rs 8,000-crore rehabilitation package for Uttarakhand and disbursed Rs 2,200 crore by May 2014 but his government did not release any further money after coming to power,” Congress said.