A day after BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi promised in Varanasi to clean the Ganga like the Sabarmati in Gujarat, the Congress Friday targeted him, saying three of India’s most polluted rivers flow in Gujarat.
“He has said Maa Ganga has called him to Varanasi. I think Maa Ganga is very wise and it can distinguish between a good, a bad and the ugly,” Law Minister Kapil Sibal said. “He has also invoked Gautam Buddha. What an irony. Buddha left his kingdom for nirvana while Modi came to Varanasi for a kingdom.”
“He says when he took over as CM in 2001, the condition of Sabarmati was different from what it is in 2014. In fact, Sabarmati is bedeviled with the same problems that afflict the Ganga,” he said, citing Central Pollution Control Board data to argue Sabarmati is polluted.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar hit back at the Congress saying, “Modi talked of cleaning the Ganga which UPA has failed to do. We will do it as we work on mission mode and not commission mode…. One has to see the Sabarmati to see what we have achieved. The jaundiced view of the Congress sees nothing, but things can be done if there is required resolve and commitment.”