Didn't accept Modi's Kedarnath proposal due to 'circumstances': Ex-Uttarakhand CM

Didn't accept Modi's Kedarnath proposal due to 'circumstances': Ex-Uttarakhand CM

Didn't accept Modi's Kedarnath proposal due to 'circumstances': Ex-Uttarakhand CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the shrine of Kedarnath ahead of its closure for the next six months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand where he was welcomed by Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra S Rawat.

Reacting to Modi's claims that the then Congress Government did not allow him as Gujarat chief minister to rebuild the shrine in 2013, Singh said, "It is unfortunate that arrogance marked his address at Kedarnath". He is the first prime minister to offer prayers both at the opening and closing of temple gates - annual events at the shrine.

Mr Modi said, "They (UPA government) viewed this with a kind of alarm as they thought the Gujarat CM will now reach Kedarnath, and mounted pressure on the then state government not to agree to my request".

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JSW group that is led by Sajjan Jindal went into an agreement with the government of Uttarakhand in order to restore the temple sites of Kedarnath that was damaged due to the heavy floods that hit Uttarakhand in the year 2013.

Talking about the developmental works being done in Kedarnath after the 2013 tragedy, Modi said, "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 (that) the well-being of the priests should be given importance".

He said, in the last 22 years, BJP governments brought all round development in Gujarat and the identity of the state is known for its development. "Modiji you forgot to tell people that the Congress government at the Centre gave a redevelopment package of Rs 6,000 crore for Kedarnath in 2013". The then Uttrakhand chief minister and officials agreed and I announced the same to the media. "When we had already started these projects, I fail to understand why the foundation stones were laid by the PM on Friday", Rawat said.In a similar vein, Surendra Kumar, Rawat's spokesperson also targeted the BJP.

Modi is scheduled to spend around two hours laying the foundation stones of a series of reconstruction projects, DIG Garhwal Range Pushpak Jyoti said. People close to PM Narendra Modi say that he has a special connection with Kedarnath.

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