Uma Bharti asked Sonia Gandhi to prevent parties from playing politics over the river Ganga issue. She also asked the Centre government to declare Ganga as a national river.
"Four months ago, I was disturbed to see the state of the Ganga river. I had then written a letter to the prime minister and environment minister Jairam Ramesh. My demand is that Ganga should be declared a national river," Bharti told reporters after her meeting with Gandhi.
"I am overwhelmed that Sonia Gandhi has kept the issue of Ganga separate from politics and given me time. She read out portions from a book by Jawaharlal Nehru and told me that her family has faith in Ganga. She has assured me that she will talk to the prime minister and Ramesh regarding my demands, and also ask them to meet me," Bharti said.
Bharti also demanded frequent meetings of the Ganga Basin Authority to monitor the ongoing projects and formation of an expert committee to look into checking pollution and cleaning of the Ganga.
Uma appreciated government's efforts to save the Ganga and urged all political parties to forget differences to save Ganga.