Ask from Vijay Bahuguna, not UPA: Harish Rawat tell PM Narendra Modi

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

Dehradun: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand where he will lay the foundation stone for various projects. This is his second visit to the shrine this year.

Rawat also condemned the Prime Minister for raising such issue from the holy land of Lord Shiva and said that never in the history has anyone dared to address a political issue from the holy shrine.

In June 2013, then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, who has now crossed over to the BJP, and the Congress party had rebuffed Modi's offer for redevelopment of Kedarnath and his Rs 3 crore cheque, which was in addition to a Rs 2 crore his state had donated for rain disaster relief. 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.

"They (opposition) created a furore when it was reported in the media that I was ready to take the ownership of Kedarpuri after the tragedy".

"I had expressed my desire to carry out reconstruction work at Kedarnath to the then chief minister, who agreed in principle", Mr Modi said.

"He had kept a proposal to reconstruct shrine devastated in Kedarnath after floods".

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. We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath.

"Our endeavour is to harness the youthful vigour and water of the mountain State for its all-round development. development is gaining ground in Uttarakhand". While slamming the Prime Minister, the Congress claimed that Modi uttered a slew of lies at the holy place and insulted the deity by keeping his back towards the main entrance door. They were important moments of my life. "Lekin shayad Baba ne hi tay kiya tha ki ye kaam Baba ke bete ke haath se hi hoga", he said, and the crowd of 4,000 cheered him. "The state government was under pressure... and was forced to announce they don't need help from me", he said.

Modi visited Kedarnath in May when the shrine opened for the season and the trip on Friday is just ahead of its closure for the yearon Saturday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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