Shah seeks another term for BJP for continued development of Uttarakhand

Shah said Modi brought road and rail infrastructure development projects worth Rs 85,000 crore during his tenure
Last Updated 30 October 2021, 13:39 IST

Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday sought a fresh mandate for the BJP-led government in Uttarakhand, citing the spate of development initiatives in the hill-state and cautioning against the “appeasement policies” of the Congress.

Addressing a public rally in Dehradun, Shah listed out projects such as Char Dham highway, Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway line, and the reconstruction of Kedarnath, which faced massive destruction in 2013 flash floods as achievements of the BJP government.

Shah said Modi would inaugurate the re-developed Kedarpuri project and unveil a 12-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya in the temple town nestled in the Himalayas on November 5.

Targeting the Congress, Shah accused the opposition party of pursuing politics of appeasement and not for the welfare of the people.

“Earlier, when I came here during the Congress government, my convoy was stopped. I asked, what happened? They said, sir, don’t you know today is Friday. ... There is permission to block the National Highway to perform Namaz. They (Congress) even dared to declare Holiday on Friday. Friends, those doing appeasement cannot do good for Devbhoomi,” Shah said.

Shah said Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh by the NDA government led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Modi will rebuild the hill-state which will witness all-round development.

Shah claimed that the Congress leaders could not be seen during the Covid-19 pandemic or floods but appear when elections are around the corner and start doing press conferences.

He said that Uttarakhand has seen overall development in the last four years and asserted that BJP was committed to the development of the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

Shah praised Dhami for the urgency with which he responded to the natural disaster in Uttarakhand, saying he hardly left room for the Centre to do anything.

“Reacting to the crisis immediately, Dhami returned from Ayodhya cancelling all his programmes and began his tour of the affected areas. Relief and rescue operations were launched immediately and not a single pilgrim was allowed to die. When I arrived to take stock of the situation I realised there was hardly room for me to do anything,” Shah said referring to the heavy rains that lashed the state a fortnight back.

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(Published 30 October 2021, 12:14 IST)

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