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Ashok Gehlot seeks white paper by PM on Barmer refinery

The veteran Congress leader also attacked the Rajasthan government over law and order issues.

jaipur Updated: Feb 08, 2018 21:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Ashok Gehlot,Narendra Modi,Vasundhara Raje
Former President Pratibha Patil with former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur on Thursday.(Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday criticised the BJP government at the centre and in Rajasthan on various issues.

He said people are disappointed as promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Vasundhara Raje remain unfulfilled. “People are unable to meet CM and ministers in Rajasthan. Schemes started by us (Congress government) are stalled or their names changed. When our government will be formed, we will not stop any project. Nor did we in the past, but they made our projects silent,” he said.

Addressing reporters at his residence, Gehlot said, “It is natural, people compare (governments), assess performance and make up their mind. It seems this time Raje is not interested in governance, be it because of Modi factor or some other factor.”

He said every year the state government is celebrating ‘one year of governance’ with public money. “People are angry; that is reflected in the recent bypoll results, in which Congress won all three seats,” he added.

The veteran Congress leader also attacked the Raje government over the law and order issue. “Be it Samrau (Jodhpur) incident, where a youth was killed, but police did nothing, or any other incident, show insensitive governance. If the ruling government had focused on issued raised by Opposition, such condition would not have arisen,” he said.

Hitting out at the Prime Minister, he said Modi’s statements in Parliament related to Barmer refinery were “unfortunate”. “Sonia Gandhi does not lay foundation stone of any project for which the sanctions have not been issued,” he said.

In the parliament, Modi had said, “The way people of Rajasthan were misled about the Barmer refinery was appalling. Just for votes, lies were said. It is in the last three years that the Government of India and the Rajasthan Government worked together to sort out the pending issues.” The Prime Minister Office later tweeted it.

Gehlot said, “If the refinery had been started in last four years, many people would have got jobs.” He questioned the delay in refinery work. “Earlier also state had 26% stake in the refinery and even now it is same, then why was it stalled?” he asked.

He also accused the governments of not replying to the RTI related to the Barmer refinery and demanded “a white paper” on the refinery work from the Prime Minister.

History should not be distorted: Pratibha Patil

Commenting on the controversial film Padmaavat, former president Pratibha Patil on Thursday said history should not be distorted.

“History should not be distorted. Padmavati is a symbol of respect for all women. Respect for women should be maintained,” Patil said, while referring to the film. She said in old days women used to keep ghoonghat (veil) to maintain decency. Addressing reporters at Gehlot’s residence in Jaipur over the opposition to the film Manikarnika, a movie based on Rani Laxmi Bai, she said “Women should be respected; it is our culture.”

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 21:27 IST