Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has categorically said that being a chief minsiter Gujarat he had offered reconstruction of Kedarnath temple and its surrounding but then congress led government had rejected it in June 2013.
Modi said he was happy to be at the shrine a day after Diwali and conveyed his greetings at the start of the Gujarati new year. He reiterated his determination for redevelopment of the revered shrine.
He pledged to devote himself fully to realise the dream of a developed India by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence. Modi said as Gujarat CM he had visited Uttarakhand in the aftermath of the flash floods to offer help.
“I came here to do all that I could for the victims… I had met the then Chief Minister (Vijay Bahuguna) and offered that Gujarat would redevelop Kedarnath. During the meeting they agreed. And I announced it outside to the media.
“But when the news was flashed on television, and it reached Delhi, the people there (UPA government) panicked and within hours the state government was pressurised to announce that it will redevelop Kedarnath itself,” Modi alleged.
Modi said after the BJP government came to power in Uttarakhand earlier this year “I understood that the work of Kedaranath redevelopment will be done by us”. In June 2013, then Chief Minister Bahuguna and the Congress party had rebuffed Modi’s offer for redevelopment of Kedarnath and his Rs 3 crore cheque, which was in addition to a Rs 2 crore his state had donated for rain disaster relief.