Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Keshubhai takes a dig at Narendra Modi in his blog

Former chief minister Keshubhai Patelhas chastised chief minister Narendra Modi for the delay in completing the canal work of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam. In his blog, Patel has said that had Modi made sincere efforts during his 11-year tenure as chief minister, the Narmada project would have been completed twice over and even the Kalpsar project would have been finished. “But even today, about 12,000 cusecs of water is flowing into the sea and farmers are forced to purchase water at a high price,” Keshubhai has written. Keshubhai goes on to say that according to the 2011 census, 1.21 crore houses did not get pure drinking water. He then says that according to the census report, over 39.7 per cent houses get untreated water in villages. He has also remarked that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India had castigated the state government for not making arrangements to provide pure drinking water to people. In 2008, 5.67 lakh cases of diarrhoea were reported and the number increased to 6.73 lakh cases in 2010, he has written.
    Without naming Modi, Keshubhai has written that the BJP government was focusing on campaigns but ignoring the problems of people. The BJP had promised a tanker-free Gujarat in 2007, but the people were still dependent on tankers, Keshubhai has stated. “Had the government completed the Narmada project in 2008, the state would not have faced any water crisis,” he has argued.