Of the more than 600 invitees from Uttar Pradesh,Bihar and Jharkhand,only 75 had turned up for the summit,mostly being from the Bhartiya Janta Party,pointed out regional director of the All India Institute of Local Self Government Apoorva Shukla.
Shukla,who is the in-charge of the three states,said,Those who turned up included mayors,officials,corporators and employees of local bodies. While 65 delegates alone are from UP,six are from Bihar and only two from Jharkhand. There was no response from any corporator of the ruling party in UP and the response from Bihar and Jharkhand was almost negligible.
Although there were three Congress corporators from Lucknow,the summit saw no representation from the Samajwadi Party (SP).
Out of 37 Samajwadi Party corporators in Lucknow,none dared to come to this function,as they feared they will be expelled from their party. There are 47 BJP corporators and almost everybody is here,despite the fact that many people are deputed for the arrangements to be made for Narendra Modis Kanpur rally scheduled for October 19, said Ravi Kumar,corporator from Lucknow municipal corporation. Kumar is also the president of the Scheduled Caste Morcha Mahanagar,Lucknow.
Meanwhile,another BJP corporator from Lucknow alleged that the SP state president had warned party corporators against participating in the summit. With rumours doing the rounds in Uttar Pradesh that Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow,there is a fear among the ruling party that he is trying to get them on his side, said Rakesh Kumar Singh,another corporator from Indira Nagar in Lucknow.
Paramjit Singh,one of the three Congress corporators from Lucknow who participated in the summit,was on his first visit to Gujarat. He said,I wanted to see the development in Gujarat under Narendra Modis government. We will be taken on tours on Friday. From Uttar Pradesh,four mayors representing Aligarh,Lucknow,Moradabad and Banaras participated in the summit.
Meanwhile,Modis reference to organic farming being possible in Lucknow and Allahabad led to a lot of excitement among the delegates from Uttar Pradesh present at the National Summit for Inclusive Urban Development at Mahatma Mandir on Thursday.
While referring to a plan he had put forward to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on creating organic fertiliser from solid waste from cities,Modi said,…You must have seen how villages close to cities usually grow vegetables. If it is Lucknow,the villages around it will grow vegetables,if it is Allahabad,the villages around it will grow vegetables. Providing them with organic fertiliser from solid waste from the cities will also be a holistic health care solution.
If vegetables come in large volumes to the cities,even the poorest will be able to afford them,and that will take care of their nutrition issues, he added.
Modis website contradicts him on Mahatma Mandir soil
Ahmedabad: Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday maintained that the soil and water had been brought from across the world and used in building the Mahatma Mandir,and added that since Gandhiji was a vishwamanav (citizen of the world),it was the right thing to do. But his portal narendramodi.in tells an entirely different story. It quotes him as saying that it was Modis wish to bring water and sand from across the world to build the Mahatma Mandir. But,finally,they were brought from the villages of Gujarat.
The portal quotes Modis speech of May 1,2010,the day Gujarat celebrated 50 years of its foundation,as saying,I wish to make use of water from the rivers all across the world,sand from each part of the world,the pious water and soil from each and every village of Gujarat,for the construction of Mahamta Mandir…
A later post (May 24,2010) reads,The kar seva on the ambitious Mahatma Mandir began on Monday,with Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi receiving kalash,carrying the flavour and fervour of local soil and water from sarpanchs of 2,398 villages and presidents of five towns. Speaking on the occasion,Modi said that sarpanchs from all the 18,000 odd villages and representatives of 169 towns would bring pitchers filled with local soil and water over the next 14 days. ens