Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones for six infrastructure development projects for eastern Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary on Monday, saying that no one in the past had paid such a tribute to the country’s first Prime Minister.
Addressing a rally in Ghazipur, Modi hit out at the Congress and the Gandhi family, saying “Nehru’s party and his family never acted on his unfinished work”.
Modi said that in 1962, then Ghazipur MP Vishwanath had narrated the kind of poverty existing in eastern UP while addressing Parliament. Vishwanath had told Nehru that people in eastern UP survived on grains of wheat picked from cowdung, Modi said.
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Nehru then constituted a committee headed by H M Patel to recommend measures for the development of eastern UP. “Woh report dibbe me band rahi. Kuch nahin hua (the report gathered dust and no action was taken on it),” Modi said, adding “you (Nehru) are no more, leaders from your party and your family are levelling false allegations, still on your birthday I am starting work to complete your unfulfilled desire for the development of people.”
“Nobody would have offered such a tribute to you (Nehru), which an MP from Uttar Pradesh is giving,” Modi, who represents Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, said, adding those who did not work towards fulfilling Pandit Nehru’s dream should be exposed.
Modi said that he deliberately chose the date of November 14 to visit Ghazipur so that on Nehru’s birth anniversary he could give a message to those who misguided the nation.
He further said that it was told in 1962 that a rail bridge would be constructed over Ganga so that the opportunities of development of the area (eastern UP) could be created. “Sarkarein aayeen, gayin, neta aaye..gaye, vote batore.magar maa Ganga ko paar karne ke liye koi vyavastha nahin bani.”Governments came and went, political leaders came and collected votes, but no one constructed the bridge,” the PM said.
The Prime Minister congratulated Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, MoS Railways and local M P Manoj Sinha, and said that work on the bridge has begun. He assured that the project will be completed within the deadline.
Modi also laid the foundation of Rs 402-crore projects of doubling of Ghazipur-Ballia railway track and flagged off a new train-Shabdbhedi Express between Ghazipur and Kolkata via Varanasi. He also inaugurated a perishable cargo complex at Ghazipur ghat.
Reaching out to the locals, Modi had begun his address in Bhojpuri by saluting Ghazipur for giving birth to Param Vir Chakra awardee Abdul Hamid, who “taught Pakistan a lesson in the 1965 war”.
Modi highlighted that his government revived a fertiliser factory in Gorakhpur in the interest of farmers, and laid foundation stone of AIIMS there to provide better medical facilities to poor of eastern UP.
Earlier, on his arrival here via Varanasi, Modi laid the foundation of the 51km-long Tadighat-Ghazipur-Mau rail tracks to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,762 crore within three years. The section includes a bridge over the river Ganga.
The Prime Minister honoured gram pradhans who have ensured savings at Post Office by 100 per cent of residents of their respective areas and presented passbooks of Sukanya Samriddhi accounts to five girls.