Jaipur, November 21, 2023 (Yes Punjab News)
The Congress today accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of punishing and penalizing the people of Rajasthan for the defeat of the BJP in the 2018 assembly elections.
Addressing a press conference here today, senior party leader and former union minister Manish Tewari pointed out, the Prime Minister during his campaign in 2018 had promised that the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) will be made a national project funded by the central government.
But, Tewari added, during the last five years despite so many reminders by the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to the Prime Minister, not a single penny was released for the project. He said, even the union Jal Shakti Minister who hails from Rajasthan only, did not do anything.
This, he observed, was apparently done to penalize the people of Rajasthan just because they had elected Congress government in the state.
The Congress National Spokesperson disclosed that the Rajasthan government managed its own resources and allocated Rs 14,000 crores for the project. With the result some part of it is being completed. He said, the project would benefit 13 districts of Rajasthan.
He asked the Prime Minister since he was campaigning in Rajasthan to tell the people that when the ERCP will be declared a national project as Mr Modi had publicly committed it five years ago.
Expressing confidence that the Congress will come back to power again, Tewari said, it was the best government people could get, which can be made out from various development indicators.
He pointed out, the GDP of the state had increased during the last five years from around Rs 9 lakh crores to over Rs 14 lakh crores, the per capita income had increased from 1,15,222 in 2020, after which the COVID pandemic struck, to Rs 1,56,149 in 2022-23. Rajasthan, he said, had seen substantial economic growth at 14 percent, while fiscal deficit had been kept under strict control at 4 percent.
The former union minister said, this was the reason that the state government was able to implement various welfare schemes and passing on the benefit of the economic progress to the common people.