Union Minister for Water Resources, Uma Bharati, called upon the family of BN Navalavala, former adviser to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Chairman of Central government task force on interlinking of rivers, in Vadodara Saturday, to condole the death of his son Hirak (27). Staying mum on the fiery Parliament debates on nationalism, Bharti instead termed PM Narendra Modi as the victim of intolerance in India.
On Saturday, Bharti arrived in Vadodara and headed to Navalavala’s residence, where she spent about four hours with the family. Interacting with mediapersons after her visit, Bharti said, “I came to Vadodara to express my condolences with Navalavalaji for his tremendous loss and to share his grief. It is a personal visit.” On February 16, Hirak was killed in a high-speed car crash in Vadodara’s Alkapuri area.
The BJP MP from Jhansi, however skipped questions related to the JNU row but turned the “intolerance” debate into another angle, while fielding questions on the ongoing events in Delhi and across the country. Bharti said, “If anyone has fallen prey to intolerance the most in this country, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The UPA government tried its best to defame Modiji, when it was in power, using its National Security Advisors to keep secret vital information related to Ishrat Jahan. Now, the Left is attacking Modiji.”
Bharti said that the results of the Ganga Rejuvenation project will be visible from October this year.
“It took three years to rejuvenate a river like Sabarmati (in Ahmedabad), so Ganga will also show results by October. Navalavalaji and I have discussed Vadodara’s Vishwamitri river too,” she said. ens
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