Jaipur: The Jap Rajasthan Canal Mission (ERCP), which is touted because the lifeline of 13 districts, has turn out to be the most recent flashpoint between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP within the run-up to state meeting elections subsequent 12 months.
The venture, unfold over 24% of the state overlaying 41% of the state inhabitants roughly impacting 67 meeting seats, has turn out to be a scorching potato for the BJP to strengthen its get together within the jap area the place they suffered a setback within the 2018 meeting polls.
The saffron get together in a particular assembly of get together leaders of those 13 districts with Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on the get together workplace in Jaipur on Tuesday have been apprised on the standing and technical particulars of the venture and the way the venture is struggling as a result of on CM Ashok Gehlot. They have been advised to disseminate data on how Gehlot authorities is answerable for the delay.
Whereas speaking to the press in Jaipur earlier within the day, Shekhawat says that the (Union) authorities is able to assist the state authorities in making the venture purposeful, however Gehlot is deflecting the matter along with his uncalled statements.
The assembly can be attended by state get together brass together with state president Satish Poonia, deputy chief of opposition Rajendra Rathore and former state president Arun Chaturvedi clearly signifies that the get together is seeing it as a goose with golden eggs.
“They handed a decision to create consciousness among the many residents of those districts on how the Gehlot authorities is creating obstacles in the best way of the venture which guarantees prosperity of the individuals,” mentioned a BJP supply who has attended the assembly. The venture is usually a game-changer for 40% of the inhabitants within the state and is seen as essential to the meeting polls.
The current assertion of Shekhawat assuring to clear the venture inside two months if a revised proposal is shipped has sparked a recent spherical of statements. “The venture has turn out to be a bone of competition between the state and the Centre over granting approval from Madhya Pradesh over a share of water and declaring it a nationwide venture in order that share of funds modifications from 60:40 to 90:10 between the Centre and the state respectively,” mentioned a supply.
In April, the Congress had held a day-long protest in all of the 13 districts which signalled the whole politicisation of the difficulty by blaming the delay on the central authorities.
“The BJP doesn’t wish to share the credit score of ERCP with the Congress at any price. It’s unlikely that it’ll declare it a nationwide venture underneath the reign of Gehlot or the Congress authorities. The perfect it may do is to facilitate the inter-state settlement between MP and Rajasthan by taking a full credit score to reap the dividends within the meeting polls,” mentioned a supply.
The venture was launched in 2017 by former chief minister Vasundhara Raje who demanded the nationwide standing in the identical 12 months from water useful resource minister Nitin Gadkari. The venture had even turn out to be one of many key guarantees of the BJP within the meeting polls in 2018. It was prominently talked about by Modi and Raje of their election speeches in Ajmer and Jaipur. Modi’s calling to think about it for the nationwide venture is being repeatedly highlighted by Gehlot. The previous has been accusing the latter of not cooperating within the venture whereas the latter is accusing the Modi authorities of betrayal by not granting the nationwide standing.


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