Gadkari extends support to Uma`s Ganga campaign

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday extended his support to expelled party leader Uma Bharti`s campaign related to the conservation of Ganga river.

Last Updated: May 31, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday
extended his support to expelled party leader Uma Bharti`s
campaign related to the conservation of Ganga river.

"I came to know about the Samagra Ganga movement and the
efforts you are making towards it. It is a matter of
satisfaction that you have got some success in your efforts
but complete success is still to come," Gadkari said in his
letter praising Uma`s Integrated Ganga project for a clean,
pure Ganges.

He maintained that the "pious work" in which Uma is
involved is associated with safeguarding the national pride
and culture.

"BJP is fully with you in support of your pledge. We will
consider ourselves fortunate if the party can be of help in
any manner in this movement," Gadkari said.

"It is a matter of great happiness that you have taken
the pledge to complete this work. I have full faith that you
will be successful in this," he said in his reply to Uma`s
letter regarding the project.

Gadkari and senior BJP leader LK Advani are keen on
taking Uma back into the party. But other leaders are opposed
to the idea as they fear her maverick ways and feel their own
political career will be over-shadowed by her presence.

The BJP president`s suggestion that Uma will work only in
Uttar Pradesh and not interfere in her home state Madhya
Pradesh has also failed to convince her detractors.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also replied to a letter
written by Uma Bharti, assuring her that the demands made by
her in a letter date May 20, 2001 were being looked into.

Gandhi also referred to a letter written by Uma Bharti
to the Prime Minister.

"In your letter to the Prime Minister, you had drawn
attention to making a law to declare Ganga a national river
and for calling a meeting of the Ganga Basin Authority at the
earliest to discuss the on-going projects," Gandhi said.

She further stated that Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh had written a letter to her (Uma) on May 30, giving all
details of the steps being taken.

"Tests and studies are being conducted by the best
technical institutes to prevent any untoward influence of
different projects on the Ganga and the Himalayan region,"
Gandhi said.

The Congress president insisted that the government is
serious about the issues raised by Uma Bharti.

"Ganga is at the centre of the religious, cultural and
historical beliefs of crores of people in this country. We are
all involved in the effort to maintain the purity of Ganga,"
Gandhi said.

PTI