Gujarat’s temples gave money when the World Bank refused funds for the Sardar Sarovar project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, attacking a “list of people” who allegedly tried to stall the world’s second largest concrete dam. (Highlights)
The dam is the centrepiece of the multi-billion dollar Narmada Valley development project, one of India’s most grand schemes that is expected to provide water and power to millions of people in four states.
It is also crucial to the BJP’s campaign plans in Modi’s home state which goes to the polls this year, with chief minister Vijay Rupani terming as “Gujarat’s lifeline” the second biggest dam after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States.
“I have a list of people who came in way of Sardar Sarovar dam but I won’t politicise the matter…we were determined that the project will continue,” Modi told a public rally after inaugurating the dam, whose …