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Modi resolves to complete SSP, dares ''powers'' to stop dam

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Ahmedabad, Apr 16 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated his firm resolve to ensure that the height of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam's was raised to 121.91 metres as granted by Supreme Court-appointed Narmada Control Authority (NCA).

Addressing a huge assembly of people from cross-section of society that gathered at the venue of his 51-hour fast at Gujarat University Ground here, he issued a veiled threat to all powers that be'' to stop work at the dam.

He said he decided to proceed on 51-hour fast, which started this afternoon, to reach out to the people's court, after he realised that a concerted effort was on to spread white lies about the dam, about the SC's judgement and about the entire issue.

Referring to Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists ''taking the issue to the street having exhausted all their arguments and having lost all their cases in all courts,'' Mr Modi said five-crore people of Gujarat could also go on hunger strike and take to streets.

''The people of Gujarat are by and large peace-loving, but when teased they do not spare anybody. No force could stop them. What would the Centre do, send Army?'' he asked.

Even as the contentious issue of SSP is likely to go to Supreme Court tomorrow, he said, ''I can distinctly smell a concerted conspiracy to waylaid and hoodwink the apex court.'' Mr Modi said, ''I am certain a case is being prepared to handover the vital official documents relating to SSP to the environmentalists groups to once again stall the construction of the dam.'' MORE UNI VKC HS KP2015

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