Centre's decision to declare Ganga 'National River' irrelevant: BJP

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar today commented on the UPA government's newly-found faith in river Ganga and said declaring it a ''National River'' little before the Assembly elections, held no relevance.

''It is irrelevant as people can see through this. This was the same government which has been sitting on NDA's inter-linking of rivers project for the past four years,'' he said.

''If this declaration has been because of newly evolved faith of this government towards Ganga, then how could one trust it as they are the same who has denied the very existence of Lord Rama and was bent upon breaking the Ram Setu,'' he added.

If making Ganga a ''national river'' was an initiative for its cleaning, then technically it was nothing new as hundreds of crores of rupees have been reaped on the pretext of the same, he noted.

The Centre had yesterday decided to declare the mighty Ganga the ''National River'', and also set up a ''Ganga River Basin Authority'' as an empowered planning, implementing and monitoring authority for the river.


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