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Kalam, Advani to open second phase of Atal’s dream project in Lucknow

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, September 26, 2013
First Published: 10:52 IST(26/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:55 IST(26/9/2013)

Veteran BJP leader and Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon on Wednesday said the second phase of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream project — Lucknow’s Scientific Convention Centre — would be inaugurated by former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday.

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He described Atal’s project as the ‘common man’s Taj Mahal.’

“The original Taj Mahal at Agra is regarded as a classic example of a king’s love for his beloved. The other view is that by getting the Taj Mahal built at a phenomenal cost for his ladylove, the king mocked at those lovers who couldn’t afford to emulate the king. But Atalji’s dream project can certainly be described as the common man’s Taj Mahal because everyone stands to benefit from it – the rich, the educated and the poor too.”

The project costs over Rs. 25 crore.

The fund was generated through MP’S local area development fund (MPLAD).

Tandon was among the biggest contributors along with other senior leaders like BJP chief Rajnath Singh, veteran Kalraj Mishra, party leader Balbir Punj and scientist Kasturi Rangan among many others.

Talking to newspersons at his residence, Tandon said that the scientific convention centre building would be handed over to the King George’s Medical University, who would then ensure its maintenance.

“This magnificent building is a classic example of how MPLAD funds can be used for great purposes,” he said. Tandon laughed when asked about reports that he would readily demit his Lucknow Lok Sabha seat for central BJP leaders.

“All my life I have worked for the party without bothering about results. I would do whatever I can in the interest of the party,” he said.


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