Updated: October 5, 2016 2:19:35 pm
Taking a dig at the Congress, Union Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti said those leaders casting any doubt on the Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC should take “citizenship” of Pakistan.
“The leaders who are saying that they should produce the evidences of the strike to Pakistan should take the citizenship of Pakistan,’’ said Bharti, while replying to a question on surgical strikes on the sidelines of a function at Pune.
Incidentally, the Congress had asked the government on Monday to put forth “credible” evidences of the surgical strikes carried out by the Army across the LoC. Senior spokesperson of the party, Anand Sharma, had also sought to dismiss the claim that the surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads was the first such retaliation by the Indian Army, claiming that that they had responded in a similar fashion earlier too. While Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam too expressed his doubts over the strikes stating that the BJP were indulging in politics over national interest.
Bharti came down heavily on the Congress.
After attending the centenary celebrations of the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) Bharti also talked in great detail about the desilting of rivers especially the Ganga desilting project and other rivers across the country. “Most of the rivers have this problem. While our ministry can address disilting of rivers, the disilting of lakes and other water bodies should be undertaken by the state government. Even beautification of the surrounding areas can be undertaken by the state government after seeking funds from the environment department of the ministry,’’said Bharti. She gave examples of dams in Marathwada as well as the Hirakud dam of Orissa where the water bodies were heavily affected by silt.
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