Suggesting that UPA government was biased against Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the gates on the Sardar Sarovar dam had not been installed yet even though he had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh many times.
"Gates are yet to be installed on Sardar Sarovar dam. Only after gates are installed, the dam will be filled with water. I have met Prime Minister many times and told him that installation of gates would take three years. Allow us to install it. And questions related to closing of gates or operating them can be dealt with later," Modi said here.
"PM said this is a good suggestion. When I met him again and raised the same question, he replied `is the installation not yet over?'" Modi said.
Modi, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, was here to lay the foundation stone of Sardar Patel's statue.
"Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, the states which were to undertake rehabilitation work under the monitoring of a judge, have completed it."
"The sub-committee of R&R appointed by the central government has also accepted the R&R operations. Now, the only thing that remains is to hold a meeting and give the final order on installation. This is hanging fire for the last eight to nine months," he alleged.
"You know why the work has not been done. You know the reason and I am not saying it again," he said, suggesting that Centre was biased against Gujarat.
"I am standing here on mother Narmada's land and urging you (the Prime Minister) to allow us to complete the work. Rajasthan and Gujarat require water and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra require electricity," Modi said.
"If this work gets over, Maharashtra, where there is a Congress government, would save Rs 400 crore on electricity. Madhya Pradesh would get electricity and the country will progress," Modi said.
"Don't give me credit. I will say the work has been accomplished by the central government led by Congress party, in Delhi. Don't name Modi or his government."
"You (the PM) come for the inauguration, I won't even come if you do not want me to, but please at least do it," Modi said.
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