PM Narendra Modi to visit Kedarnath temple today

PM Narendra Modi to visit Kedarnath temple today

BJP leader Vijay Bahuguna, who was with the Congress till a few years ago, on Friday said that after the devastation wreaked by the Uttarakhand floods of 2013, then-Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had proposed that his government handle the reconstruction of the Kedarnath shrine. Was the work done by the then state government, people and the devotees of Lord Shiva to redevelop Kedarnath a waste?

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".

Prime Minister interacted with over 25,000 BJP workers of Gujarat and his parliamentary constituency Varanasi from his residence through audio bridge on Thursday on the occasion of Deepawali. PM Modi was welcomed by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other officials at the airport before he headed for the Himalayan shrine. PM Modi spoke at length about building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath, while preserving traditional ethos.

Calling himself a son of Lord Shiva, the Prime Minister felt perhaps it was Lord Shiva's wish that the work be carried out by "Baba's son".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the people of Gujarat are connected to BJP with emotional unity because they are progressive and development oriented. Later, Narendra Modi, at a rally in Hyderabad, appealed to people to collect funds on Rs 5 stamps for the reconstruction of the pilgrimage town.

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Mr Modi said, "They (UPA government) viewed this with a kind of alarm as they thought the Gujarat CM will now reach Kedarnath, and mounted pressure on the then state government not to agree to my request".

"Out of excitement, I announced it outside to the media".

The Congress leader claimed that while it was the Congress led UPA government which had released Rs 2200 crore for the reconstruction activities in May 2014 to Uttarakhand government, the incumbent NDA government has not given the remaining amount.

Bahuguna agreed to the fact that Prime Minister Modi extended help and offered a cheque of Rs five Crore.

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