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PM announces projects worth Rs 18,000 cr in poll-bound Uttarakhand

Talking about the projects, Modi said developing Uttarakhand is a top priority for the 'double engine' government, which is why the Centre has sanctioned over Rs 1 lakh crore for the state.

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Dehradun |
Updated: December 5, 2021 2:38:55 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of of 18 development projects worth 18 thousand crores, in Dehradun. (PTI)

Attacking the Opposition over “vote bank politics”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said in poll-bound Uttarakhand that the BJP brings schemes that are for the good of the country, rather than any community.

He was inaugurating and laying foundation stones for development projects worth Rs 18,000 crore at Dehradun’s Parade ground, just months before Uttarakhand goes to the polls. PM Modi said these projects would help make this decade that of Uttarakhand. “With time there have been a lot of deformities in Indian politics. By creating discrimination, some political parties are focusing only on a particular section, be that people of their caste, a particular religion, or from their locality. They see their vote bank in that. These political parties have found another way. That way is to not let people gain strength. They want people to always be dependent on them. These political parties created a belief that they are dependent on the government. Pride and self respect of the common people was crushed under a planned conspiracy,” he said.

He added that the way BJP has chosen is harder, but is for the welfare of the country and the people. “Our path is of sabka saath sabka vikas, and whatever scheme we start, it is for everyone without any discrimination. Our approach is to strengthen the country. We bring schemes which might not fit on the balance of the vote bank, but are good for the country,” he said.

He said developing Uttarakhand is a top priority for the “double engine” government, which is why the Centre has sanctioned over Rs 1 lakh crore for the state.

“Today projects worth over Rs 18,000 crore are inaugurated or started today. Those who question the benefits of a double engine government, they can see how the double engine government has started the Ganga of development here,” said PM Modi.

He expressed happiness that the foundation stone of the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor had been laid. When ready, the time taken to travel from Delhi to Dehradun will be reduced to just around 2.5 hours from 6 hours.

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