Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to give time to discuss crucial state-related issues during his visit here.
The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate earlier shared the dais with Singh at a function to mark the inauguration of the renovated Sardar Patel Museum here.
"We sought time from the PM to discuss crucial issues of Gujarat, including Narmada Dam height, farmer issues and floods. Unfortunately, the PM refused to give time to discuss Gujarat's key issues but preferred to visit Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, the state Congress office," Modi wrote on micro- blogging site Twitter.
On his arrival, Singh visited Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan and then Sabarmati Ashram. From there, the PM went to inaugurate the museum at Sardar Patel Memorial Society here.
Modi, at the beginning of his speech, had openly shown displeasure, saying time for the function was short as the Prime Minister preferred to visit PCC headquarters.
Gujarat Congress gave a memorandum to the Prime Minister listing almost the same set of issues that Modi raised in his tweets.
The issue of raising the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam figured prominently in the memorandum given by the state Congress leaders to the Prime Minister.
The Congress memorandum pressed for raising the dam's height to 138 metres from the existing 121.92 metres. It talked about dam-related relief and rehabilitation works in other beneficiary states like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
It requested the Prime Minister to ask Gujarat government to expedite the work on canal network in the BJP-ruled state.
The issue of release of boats and fishermen captured by Pakistan authorities also figured in the memorandum.
The party requested the PM to to expedite work on Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) to accelerate Gujarat's development in general and railway network in particular.
A request for providing grant to Gujarat farmers, whose crop suffered massive damage due to heavy rains last month, was also made to Singh.
Congress charged the Modi government has not utilised Rs 2,400 crore provided by the Centre to Gujarat under the State Disaster Relief Fund.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister invited suggestions which could be included in Congress party's manifesto for next year's Lok Sabha elections.
A delegation of relatives of missing children and kin of fishermen also met Singh.
Modi made the offer to discuss the issues of Gujarat with the full knowledge and hope that Manmohan will refuse. And his wish was granted. Manmohan refused and Modi got a stick to beat Manmohan with.
It is politics-and a good one.
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>> Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to give time to discuss crucial state-related issues during his visit here.
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