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21 October 2017, 12:56 | Gina Pena
BJP President Amit Shah was speaking at'Panchayat Aaj Tak in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and said his visit to the shrine strengthened his resolve to serve the nation.
The then Congress government in the state was headed by Vijay Bahuguna, who has since joined the BJP.
PM Modi also addressed a public meeting near the famed temple located around 11,660 feet above the sea level.
Kedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Mod being felicitated on his visit to Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Friday. During the meeting they agreed. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supremo said that his proposal for redevelopment of the Uttarakhand shrine, which was destroyed in flash floods of 2013, was rejected by then ruling Congress party.
After his scathing attack on Congress, PM Modi shed light on BJP's regime in Uttarakhand and the major steps the state government is taking for the development, especially of the Kedarnath shrine. "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.
Prime Minister Modi further divulged his plans for Kedarnath saying that through the work that has been done at the shrine, he wants to show the world how an ideal pilgrim centre should be like.
The PM also laid the foundation stones for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya's tomb which was devastated in the catastrophic flash floods of 2013.
He assured that reconstruction of Kedarpuri, with improved facilities for devotees, will be expensive but there will be no dearth of funds. "But perhaps Baba (Lord Shiva) had decided that the responsibility of doing reconstruction work at Kedarnath should be assigned to no one else but to Baba's son", PM Modi said.
"Pilgrim numbers had decreased after the 2013 tragedy as people were sceptical if proper infrastructure existed here", Modi said.
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.
Urging the corporate sector to extend greater support for the development of the country, the prime minister said that his government aims to fully develop India by 2022.
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