Rajkot: Accusing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling his promise to solve drinking water shortage in Saurashtra in the last 11 years, Opposition Congress on Thursday said it will set up an authority to solve the water problem if voted to power in upcoming Assembly poll.

"When Modi became Chief Minister (in 2001) and contested from Rajkot Assembly constituency, he promised the people to solve their drinking water problem. But even after 11 years of his rule, he could not fulfil his promise," senior Congress leader Narhari Amin said here.

He said if voted to power, Congress will set up a water authority to provide round the clock drinking water to not only people of Rajkot or Saurashtra but all cities in the state which are facing the problem.

"A special budget would be allocated for supplying drinking water round the clock in all cities of the State," the former Deputy Chief Minister said.

Slamming Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel over inconsistent "jantri" rates (official estimate of the value of real estate) in the state, Amin said under Congress rule, these rates will be corrected.

The Congress will also regularise illegal houses, a decision which the BJP Government is hesitant to take, he said.

Asked about the selection of candidates for the December election, the Congress leader said the process was on and it will be concluded by the month-end.


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