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UPA creating stalemate over Narmada: Advani

Advani said such moves were politically motivated and made a mockery of Govt's talk of Bharat Nirman.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 13:59 IST

Accusing the UPA government at the Centre of creating a "messy stalemate" over the Narmada issue, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said moves to stop construction work on the dam were politically motivated and made a mockery of government's talk of Bharat Nirman.

"Stopping further work on the mega project in which concerned states have already invested Rs 21,000 crore in 16 years makes a mockery of UPA government's tall talk of Bharat Nirman," he said.

Moves to block construction work on the Narmada dam were politically motivated, Advani, on his Bharat Suraksha Yatra, told reporters in Rayalaseema.

"It will be a sad day for Indian democracy if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is forced to go on hunger strike to quench the thirst of his people," he said.

Advani, who spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday night on phone and sought his personal intervention to sort out the Narmada tangle, accused him of showing "indecision, drift and bias" in tackling an important Centre-State matter.

This was clear first from the Union Cabinet buckling under pressure of anti-dam activists and referring the matter to the Review Committee of the Narmada Control Authority, he said.

Secondly, there was the farce of whistle-stop visit by a three-member central team to ascertain rehabilitation of the project-affected people, Advani said.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 12:56 IST