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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: ‘We have started study on stopping water to Pakistan’, says Nitin Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that the basis of the water treaty between India and Pakistan was peaceful relations and friendship that had completely vanished.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 09, 2019 12:04 IST
Aneesha Sareen Kumar
Aneesha Sareen Kumar
Hindustan Times, Khanna
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Union minister Nitin Gadkari addressing an election rally in Khanna on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Gurpreet Singh / Khanna)

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the government will stop India’s share of water flowing into Pakistan, if the neighbouring country does not stop supporting terror groups.

“We have already started a study into the matter. The water that will be stopped from flowing into Pakistan will be given to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan,” Union minister for road transport and highways, shipping and water resources said at a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday.

The minister said that the basis of the water treaty between the two Asian neighbours was peaceful relations and friendship that had completely vanished. “So we are not bound to follow this treaty,” Gadkari said.

On a campaign tour in Punjab, which goes to polls in the last phase of voting on May 19, Nitin Gadkari also took potshots at the Nehru-Gandhi clan saying they had been making tall promises on eradication of poverty, but never delivered.

“For 72 years since the country attained Independence, Congress leaders have been making such promises, but they all failed to deliver,” Gadkari said while campaigning for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib, Darbara Singh Guru.

“When Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister, he promised to eradicate poverty. The same promise was made by his daughter Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of current Congress president Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

“The legacy followed and Indira Gandhi’s son, Rajiv Gandhi, who also became PM, promised to eradicate poverty. After that Rajiv’s wife Sonia Gandhi made Manmohan Singh the PM who also made a similar promise,” he said.

“Now, Rahul Gandhi is also promising that he will free the people of the country from poverty. He is promising to do what his ancestors could not. Does that mean nothing was done by all of them in 55 years of the Congress rule?” asks Gadkari.

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He also alleged that the wrong policies of the previous Congress governments were responsible for corruption.

Stating that the entire nation is now well-connected through a network of highways, he promised the local residents that the long-pending demand of an elevated road in Khanna will be met and the Khanna-Samrala road will be repaired, if the BJP is voted to power again.

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First Published: May 09, 2019 09:31 IST