Barmer: ex-CM calls upon people to fight war for delayed refinery

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Barmer
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 15:10 IST

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday called upon people to be ready to fight a war for the establishment of Barmer refinery.

The Congress has been protesting against the "intentional delay" in the refinery project.

Gehlot launched a unique way of protest against the state government by taking part in a ‘sadbuddhi yagna’ at the refinery spot in Pachpadra. He later flagged off a procession which will reach Jodhpur on January 2 where a huge public meeting will be organised.

“The working style of the BJP government shows that it doesn’t want to establish the refinery in Barmer,” said Gehlot, urging people to fight for their rights.

“This is the first step and there is a long journey ahead,” he said.

The Congress leader said he never made any attempt to take the refinery to Jodhpur and fulfilled his promise by laying foundation stone at Pachpadra.

Making a scathing attack on the ruling party, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are misleading the people in the name of review as they are well aware of the fact that credit of refinery goes to the Congress.

He claimed that there was nothing wrong in the contract which was finalised by the previous Congress government with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL).

He said that the then government had given the relaxation to the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited in the interest of the state without which this project was not possible.

Besides Gehlot, other leaders present on the occasion were former revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary, former Barmer MP Harish Choudhary, Barmer MLA Mevaram Jain, former Pachpadra MLA Madan Prajapat, Barmer municipal council chairperson Lunkarn Bothra and Neeraj Joshi.

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