Haridwar: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has assured former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti for considering the issues raised during the ongoing ‘Samgra Ganga’ campaign. Meanwhile, BJP national president Nitin Gadkari has extended support to Bharti’s agitation for reviewing the construction of hydro-power projects on river Ganga and conservation of the Himalayas.

In reply to Bharti’s letter on Ganga issue, Sonia said, “The government has commissioned a study which is underway to determine the environmental repercussion of hydropower projects being developed in the Himalayan region.”

Gandhi further said, “Ganga is the lifeline of Indians and a centre of their religious and cultural faith. The government is contemplating on every aspect seriously to retain the essence of the National River.”

The firebrand leader on May 20 had written to Sonia Gandhi to take steps for saving Ganga.

On the other hand, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has also come out in support of his former party colleague. In his letter to the ousted BJP leader, Gadkari has praised her initiative for saving Ganga.

“Bharti’s efforts on Ganga are remarkable. Although the campaign led by her has received initial success, she has to go a long way in achieving the goal,” he said.

Relating Bharti’s Ganga movement to the conservation of identity and culture, Gadkari said, “The party has always been supportive of the efforts made for saving the National River. BJP is with her in this noble cause and will be supportive of her movement for Ganga.”

JPN/Bureau