Devda/Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Congress for allegedly ignoring the state government's demand about construction of gates at Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam and said the Centre was only concerned about "nephews and uncles".

"I along with our (BJP) leaders like Parsottam Rupala and LK Advani have urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nearly 25 times, seeking Centre's permission to construct gates at Sardar Sarovar dam, but he does not pay any attention," Modi said while addressing a large gathering at Devda town, about 75 km from Rajkot.

The town is situated in the Saurashtra region which is facing an acute water scarcity. "If gates are installed, the water problem of Maharashtra too will be solved. But Congress is not concerned about its own-ruled states as well. They are only worried about nephews, uncles...see how nephews have also jumped into the game," Modi said.

Modi was speaking at 'Saurashtra Narmada Jal Avtaran Maha yagna' near Bhadar dam, organised by Saurashtra Jaldhara Trust.

"I also assured the Prime Minister that gates would not be operated if the Centre wants, but despite the assurance he does not allow us to construct gates," he said. The Chief Minister also said the construction of Kalpasar project would start soon as 80 percent work on feasibility report was complete. "Once the project is operational, Saurashtra will not have water shortage," he said.

Congress retorts

Gujarat Congress alleged that Modi has been spreading "blatant lies" and unnecessarily blaming the Centre for not constructing gates at the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam. "Gujarat Chief Minister is using the Narmada project for a canard campaign against the Centre and spreading lies to conceal his own failures,” former Opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil said.

Citing the minutes of the 84th meeting of Narmada Control Authority (NCA), Gohil claimed, in reality the (Narmada Water Disputes) Tribunal did not permit installation of gates on the dam because Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh governments have not fulfilled their respective responsibilities like rehabilitation and other project-related work.


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