Politics of whole country becomes politics of development: PM

Politics of whole country becomes politics of development: PM

The then Congress government in the state was headed by Vijay Bahuguna, who has since joined the BJP.

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".

Prime Minister interacted with over 25,000 BJP workers of Gujarat and his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from his residence through audio bridge on Thursday on the occasion of Deepawali.

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". According to reports, nearby areas of the temple were destroyed in 2013 after the Chorabari Glacier lake breached following heavy rainfall that caused flash floods in the river Mandakini.

Donning a rudraksha mala and head smeared in "holy" yellow-coloured sandal powder, PM Modi vowed to redevelop Kedarnath and Uttarakhand, which has a BJP government, in to a popular tourist destination.




PM Modi, who visited the Kedarnath shrine today, in his address there alleged that though Bahuguna had agreed to the reconstruction proposal, the then-UPA government at the Centre had pressured him to say the state didn't need Gujarat's help. The TV flashed it on screens.

Modi is scheduled to spend around two hours laying the foundation stones of a series of reconstruction projects, DIG Garhwal Range Pushpak Jyoti said.

On the day, Modi also laid foundation stones of five major reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri while also attacking the Congress for not allowing him to carry out relief work after the 2013 deluge. PM Modi was welcomed by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other officials at the airport before he headed for the Himalayan shrine.

Describing these projects as ambitious and expensive, PM Modi asserted that said there would be no dearth of funds to ensure that they are completed in a time-bound manner. PM Modi spoke at length about building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath, while preserving traditional ethos.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took the opportunity to slam the Congress for playing politics when the region was devastated by floods in 2013.

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