BJP has failed to get approval for new projects in Kedarnath, says Harish Rawat
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BJP has failed to get approval for new projects in Kedarnath, says Harish Rawat

dehradun Updated: Feb 13, 2018 20:58 IST
Mukesh Rawat
Mukesh Rawat
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Harish Rawat.(HT PHOTO)

Former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government has failed to get approvals for new projects in Kedarnath.

“All the projects, foundation stones which are being laid by the BJP government were approved during the Congress’ tenure,” Rawat said.

“The present state government has also been unable to get more than ₹6,000 crore for relief that was approved by the Centre,” he said.

Of late, the senior Congress leader has been taking digs at the BJP on social media platforms.

In a series of Facebook posts, Rawat said he will trek to Kedarnath to see the ground reality. “I have decided that I will trek to Kedarnath and see what the BJP has done to develop the area in the last one year,” he said.

“I will see if the government has actually done anything on the ground or is it just making tall claims?”

He also accused the BJP of taking credit for the work that he claimed, was done by the Congress government in Kedarnath. “The BJP wants to deprive us of the credit at all costs,” he said.

Speaking about the budget session in Gairsain starting on March 20, Rawat said he will stage “an hour-long symbolic protest” outside the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the session.

“I welcome the decision to hold the budget session in Gairsain. I, however, fail to understand why the BJP government has yet not started construction work of the secretariat in Bhararisain, despite the fact that our government had laid its foundation stone, got the budget approved and passed the tenders,” Rawat said.

He further said that he has requested Govind Singh Kunjwal, the then assembly speaker, to join him in the symbolic protest against the project’s delay. The protest will be held at the spot where the foundation stone was laid.

Not everyone who follows the former chief minister on Facebook, agreed with what Harish Rawat had to say.

“If all development projects were done by the Congress, why did Harish Rawat loose from the two seats he contested from in the assembly polls,” asked Rakesh Uniyal, in a Facebook post.

Similarly, Anil Mohan Semwal wrote: “You made so many announcements that people were confused. But Prime Minister Modi and the chief minister are doing their work silently.”

Many, however, praised the Congress leader for his stand. “For the first time it appears that there is a strong opposition in the state,” wrote Kapil Joshi.

The BJP, however, rubbished Harish Rawat’s allegations.

“What can we expect from a person like Harish Rawat, who in the past, did not hesitate in protesting against his own party’s government during the chief ministership of ND Tiwari and Vijay Bahuguna?,” said BJP spokesperson Virendra Bisht.

“Making Gairsain the state capital is a very sensitive issue for the BJP and our government will allocate separate fund for it in the budget,” he said.

He further said that for the last one year, the BJP government has been “trying to correct the mess created by the Congress” in a number of projects.

“As far as redevelopment of Kedarnath, our government is working hard to bring changes at the grassroots levels.

“If the BJP is adding to the work of the previous government, then Harish Rawat should be happy about it. We are working for the state and are not interested to take political mileage out of the schemes.”

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 20:58 IST