Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union water resources minister Uma Bharti said that for the first time India has a leader who had a solution for “all the woes of over a billion Indians.”
Speaking at the launch of Jal Kranti Abhiyan (campaign) 2015-16 on Friday, she said the PM was nothing less than “messiah born in thousand years.”
“India now has such a man at the helm who says, ‘Mainu sab pata (I know everything),’” the cabinet minister said, adding that the common man had been long wait for such a leader.
Taking a dig at former PM Manmohan Singh, she said, “In the name of cleaning (the) Ganga over the last 29 years, Rs 5,000 crore have sunk without any trace and if you would ask the earlier Prime Minister Manmohan Singh he would say ‘mainu ki pata’ (what do I know). . . Initially (he would) say ‘cannot hear.’”
Coming down heavily on the media and the Congress for equating her work with ‘saffron’ agenda, the minister for river development and Ganga rejuvenation said, “I do not understand why kesariya (saffron) is bad. . .Rajasthan folk song said ‘kesariya balam padharo mahare desh.’ They see saffron agenda in Saraswati and Ganga projects. I say that these are agenda to alleviate poverty and towards development. Ganga is not saffron agenda, but an economic agenda; it gives food. . . and is Ma (mother) to over 50 crore people,” she said.
She accused newsmen of targeting the government of becoming Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) centric. She said that they (media) was not used to it as earlier the PMO was controlled from somewhere else.
Saying that she was “unapologetic” about the Ayodhya temple campaign, Bharti said: “Earlier, the party wanted me to handle the Ayodhya temple campaign...the Hubli flag hoisting...and rooting out the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. I did all of that. But these were struggles, so I was firebrand...now I am water-brand,” she said.