Didn't accept Modi's Kedarnath proposal due to 'circumstances': Ex-Uttarakhand CM

BJP president Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah

Summary: Dehradun: The visit of PM Narendra Modi to Kedarnath on Friday came under sharp criticism from the state Congress, with the opposition party accusing the BJP of taking credit for projects started by the Harish Rawat government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the people of Gujarat are connected to BJP with emotional unity because they are progressive and development oriented.

Bahuguna, who was then chief minister of Uttarakhand, however, had to refuse the offer, for reasons he did not specify.

In view of the PMs visit and Diwali, the temple has been decked up with flowers and lights, and most priests have decided not to go home to celebrate the festival.

Though Ghani and Tillerson will be in New Delhi at the same time, diplomatic sources did not confirm if they would meet to discuss the new U.S. policy of Afghanistan which President Trump announced in August.

A few days after Narendra Modi's visit to Uttarakhand, the then BJP president Rajnath Singh told journalists that he had spoken to the then Gujarat CM, who denied having quoted such a figure. The then Uttrakhand chief minister and officials agreed and I announced the same to the media. "I was disappointed. But the Baba (Kedarnath) wanted his son (Modi) only to undertake the reconstruction activities", Modi quipped, while offering Rudrabhishek prayers at the temple a day before it closes for the winter.

Recalling the events of 2013, the prime minister said that he had offered to take the responsibility of reconstructing areas surrounding the temple when the tragedy had struck in 2013, killing thousands of people. "Out of 130 crore people, is none capable of redeveloping Kedarnath other than Modiji?"

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.

Slamming the tactics used by Congress to stop him from laying a helping hand to the shrine which badly needed to be revamped after the floods wreaked havoc on it, Modi said, "I came here to do all that I could for the victims". PM Modi spoke at length about building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath, while preserving traditional ethos.

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