Dehradun, Dec 3: In a run-up to assembly elections, Uttarakhand BJP on Saturday sought the support of its firebrand leader and union water resources minister Uma Bharati to address a rally in Ranikhet. Bharti tried to stir an emotional chord as she alleged that Congress party had hatched a plan to prevent state’s formation in they year 2000.
Speaking to a sizable gathering at BJP’s Parivartan rally at Ranikhet union minister alleged that Congress was a party not to be believed for it supported the then Mulayam Singh regime in Uttar Pradesh that was totally against the formation of Uttarakhand.
She charged that Congress party was hand in gloves with the then UP chief minister when the latter unleashed atrocities on statehood agitators of Uttarakhand.
“Congress party’s tried to kill a baby even before it was born. People of Uttrakhand must look into this fact and must not vote for the Congress party owing to its past records,” said Uma Bharti.
Uma Bharti also expressed her satisfaction over BJP’s inability to form government in the state after rebellion in the ruling party leading to break away of nine Congress MLAs in March this year. She added it was good that BJP did not form its government otherwise it would have wasted all its efforts in managing the flock for rest of the assembly tenure.
Union minister promised the people of Uttarakhand that if BJP is voted back to power she will go all out to convert the state into a hub of traditional Indian system of medicines, akin to Kerala. Uma Bharati attacked West Bengal chief minister Manta Banerjee for latter’s conduct against demonetisation and said that Mamata was engaged in theatrics.
Bharti also clarified her position on the power projects in the state and said “I never objected to the hydro-power projects in the state but have also spoken in favour of maintaining continuity of the river flow and channelizing their water through tunnels.”