Modi attacks Congress for 'refusing help' in Kedarnath reconstruction

BJP President Amit Shah was speaking at'Panchayat Aaj Tak in Ahmedabad

Meanwhile, Prime Minister, who had also visited the temple in May, laid foundation stones of five reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri, which include facilities for devotees, construction of retaining walls and ghats at Mandakini and Saraswati rivers, an approach road to the shrine and reconstructing Adi Guru Shankaracharya's tomb which was devastated in 2013.

Hours after spending his Diwali with Army soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Gurez sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kedarnath in Uttarakhand today morning to offer prayers at the famous shrine.

Vijay Bahuguna who is now a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in Congress when he was the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in 2013.

"Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal "Tirth Kshetra" should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and the well being of the priests should be given importance".

Calling himself a son of Lord Shiva, the Prime Minister felt perhaps it was Lord Shiva's wish that the work be carried out by "Baba's son".

During his 2013 visit, following his survey of the scale of destruction, Narendra Modi had offered undertake reconstruction at the Kedarnath shrine.

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To over 2,000 BJP workers and their families in Varanasi, Mr Modi said, the journey of development in the entire parliamentary constituency is progressing fast and thousands of party workers have made a significant contribution in the success.

Donning a rudraksha mala and head smeared in "holy" yellow-coloured sandal powder, PM Modi vowed to redevelop Kedarnath and Uttarakhand, which has a BJP government, in to a popular tourist destination. During the meeting they agreed.

The Prime Minister claimed that the then UPA government pressurised the Uttarkhand chief minister to decline request of the Gujarat government for the reconstruction activities. And I announced it outside in the media.

"Pilgrim numbers had decreased after the 2013 tragedy as people were sceptical if proper infrastructure existed here", Modi said.

Ahead of his proposed visit to Islamabad on an invitation by Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, Afghanistan President M Ashraf Ghani is likely to visit New Delhi next week. "It is true, Modi ji came to Dehradun, at my residence, gave cheque of Rs 5 Crore for relief on behalf of Gujarat Govt", he said.

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