Union water resources minister Uma Bharti urged people of Uttarakhand not to support the Congress as the party had not withdrawn support to the Mulayam Singh Yadav government when it unleashed atrocities on agitationists for a separate state.
Uttarakhand was carved out of UP in November 2000 after 70 years of struggle by people of the hilly region.
“The Congress tried to commit foeticide of the state even before it was born,” Bharti said in Ranikhet on Saturday, addressing a parivartan rally. The BJP kicked off the parivartan yatra in Uttarakhand on November 13 ahead of assembly elections due early next year.
“It is good that the BJP did not form a government in the state with the help of nine rebel Congress MLAs earlier this year as its energies would have gone to keeping the rebels happy, rather than focusing on its agenda,” the minister said.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies, Bharti said, “He wielded the flute and Sudarshan Chakra at the same time. He is compassionate as well as strict in governance.”
Modi is an “international Robinhood” who, without using violence, has made the corrupt and black money hoarders disclose their money, she said.
“In our mythology, Sahastrabahu had 100 hands but he could not defeat Ravana. Lord Rama, who wore khadau on his feet, defeated Ravana with the help of monkeys. Our Prime Minister is doing the same thing for us and will take our country to great heights. We will be among the top five nations.”
The minister said she felt a great connect with Uttarakhand. “If people give our party a mandate to form government in Uttarakhand, we will make the state the biggest hub of traditional medicines on the lines of Kerala.”
Taking a dig at the West Bengal CM for raising a hue and cry over army deployment, Bharti said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi would have gone to Italy had Mamta Bannerjee remained in the Congress.
Ranikhet was the land where saint Lahiri Mahashay had meditated, and it was a pity that the place was reeling under water crisis, she said. “I will do whatever I can to resolve the crisis,” Bharti said.
“I have been to Switzerland, but Uttarakhand scores over the country, as it is a place of pilgrimage.” The minister said she was not opposed to power projects in Uttarakhand, but wanted that the flow of rivers should not be channelised through tunnels.
Former chief minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “CM Rawat says that I use bad words against him at rallies. I will greet him with flowers if he starts doing good work.”
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt said, “Touts have gained entry into the CM office.”