A day after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Narendra Modi, as chief minister of Gujarat, never met him on the Narmada dam issue, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday said that the former PM was lying.
“Manmohan Singh’s claim that Modi never discussed about the dam project is a complete lie. The people of Gujarat are hurt because of his statement. He is lying and people will give a befitting reply in this election. As CM, Narendra Modi had written several times to Manmohan Singh on issues related to the dam,” he said and distributed documents to buttress his claim.
As per the documents distributed to the mediapersons, Modi, as Gujarat CM, wrote at least five letters to Singh between 2011 and 2013 apprising the then PM about the pending work in Narmada dam project and seeking necessary clearances to finish them.
Addressed a press conference, Rupani said, “When I was Rajya Sabha MP from 2006 to 2012, I met Manmohan Singh twice along with other BJP leaders like L K Advani over Sardar Sarovar dam. When I met Singh for the second time, he was surprised that the issues had not been resolved.”
Rupani also said that Modi had met Singh in 2013 in Ahmedabad when he had come for a visit. The meeting had lasted for 45 minutes in which the former prime minister was briefed about the issues related to the dam, Rupani added.
At a press conference Tuesday, Singh had rejected Modi’s allegations that the Congress governments at the Centre had created repeated hurdles in the completion of the Narmada dam, and said, “Modiji never ever met me on Narmada Dam issue.”
“Sardar Sarovar dam is the lifeline of Gujarat, which was delayed by the Congress,” Rupani added.