Amit Shah accuses Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of blocking ‘Namami Gange’

Namami Gange
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The Union Home Minister Amit Shah has accused Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not implementing ‘Namami Gange Programme’. Shah has promised to bring Sagar Island in South 24-Parganas district on the global tourist map.

‘Namami Gange Programme’, is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as a ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Union Government in June 2014 with a budget outlay of approximately Rs 20,000 crore. The main goal of the programme was to deal with pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of the National River Ganga starting from Gangotri in Uttarakhand.

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While speaking to the media after visiting the Kapil Muni Ashram in Gangasagar, Amit Shah said, “There is a saying ‘har tirtha baar baar..Gangasagar ek baar’. Today I am honoured to be here. But I felt sad to see the infrastructure here. It is not up to the mark. Today, I would like to promise that after forming the government in Bengal, we will bring this place on the international tourist map.”

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Earlier on Thursday, the Home Minister visited Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Kolkata and interacted with the monks. “BJP and the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed to follow the footsteps of Swami Pranavananda, founder of Bharat Sevashram Sangha. Syama Prasad Mukherjee was inspired by Swami Pranavananda and due to his inspiration, Bengal was saved during partition otherwise it could have gone to Bangladesh,” he added.

Amit Shah has previously requested the people in Bengal to fulfil their responsibilities in restoring the pride of the state on many occasions and called West Bengal the centre of spiritual and religious awakening in India.

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