PM Modi raised Kedarnath issue for political gains; says Congress

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He is scheduled to travel to Vadodara, where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for eight different projects worth over Rs 1,140 crore. He announced several development projects at the site.

It was originally mooted by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003 as a waterway. The project was launched by Ministry of Shipping in Karnataka on July 31, 2015.

"But I think the Lord has decided that this work will be done by me", the Prime Minister stressed.

With the crucial Gujarat and Himachal elections fast approaching, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the religion card and accused the Congress of not allowing him to rebuild the Kedarnath shrine after the 2013 deluge, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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The prime minister said he was happy to be in Gujarat and that the ferry service programme was of vital importance for the entire nation.

"When I was serving as CM, I faced hostility from the then Central government". Efforts were made to stall industries and the state's growth.

Talking about the developmental works being done in Kedarnath after the 2013 tragedy, Modi said, "Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal "Tirth Kshetra" should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and (that) the well-being of the priests should be given importance".

"If we have a look at the figures which have come recently, the production of coal, electricity, natural gas and other items has increased tremendously". This RO RO ferry service will start the phase of social and economic development.

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Prime Minister reminded of Lord Shiva as he has to face elections in Gujarat.

The Ro-Ro (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service will bridge the 360 km distance between Ghogha and Dahej, reducing it to 30 km by sea. Ghogha-Dahej ro-ro ferry service is the first of its kind in India and biggest in south Asia. Before addressing the public meeting, he also interacted with the school children. Some of the projects include the Vadodara City Command Control Centre, the Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme, and the New Head Office Building of the Bank of Baroda.

The Prime Minister will also hand over the residences to beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban, as well as rural). It was in January 2012, Modi, as then Gujarat chief minister laid the foundation stone for the project - which was estimated at Rs 296 crore then.

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