"The Gujarat government has not completed the pending 70 per cent of canal work to take the Sardar Sarovar dam project to the farmers since he came to power in 2001," Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said. "As the canal work was not completed in time, the people of the state are devoid of drinking and irrigation waters," Doshi said.
The water accumulated in the dam cannot be taken to the end users due to absence of a canal network, he said. "The Chief Minister, before the 2012 state elections, had announced a project to fill up all the dams of Saurashtra region within 2 years. But this has not happened yet." "The Chief Minister is playing politics on the issue of Sardar Sarovar project and water," Doshi alleged.
Earlier in the day, Modi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over alleged delay in granting approval for installation of gates at Sardar Sarovar dam. "I congratulate Gujarat Congress leaders, who met Prime Minister on this issue. My question (to PM) is even if you don't want to listen to me, listen to them (your leaders). At least, listen to your party leaders," Modi said while addressing farmers in Kagvad village of Saurashtra.
"I urge PM and Gujarat Congress leaders to leave politics aside and give us permission to install gates on Sardar Sarovar dam. For five years, this work has been pending," he said, criticising the PM for being slow in decision-making.