Congress General Secretary Jiaram Ramesh on Tuesday attacked PM Modi led central government over the delay in Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) in Rajasthan. “PM Modi had promised to give the status of national project to ERCP. CM Ashok Gehlot ji wrote letters to PM Modi 6 times requesting him to fulfill his promise. But PM Modi neither replied to any letter nor fulfilled his promise,” said Jairam Ramesh.
Then in a long thread on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Jairam Ramesh defended the Congress government in Rajasthan and blamed the central government for the delay in the project. The Prime Minister repeatedly blames the Chief Minister of Rajasthan regarding ERCP, but the reality is different. You understand the chronology.”
In his post on social media platform X, Jiaram Ramesh wrote:
- The Prime Minister had promised to give national project status to ERCP on 7 July 2018 in Jaipur and on 6 October 2018 in Ajmer. This would mean that 90% of the expenditure for this project would have to be borne by the Central Government.
- After the formation of the Congress government at the end of 2018, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote letters to the Prime Minister six times requesting him to fulfill his promise by giving the status of national project to ERCP. The Chief Minister wrote the first letter on July 3, 2020, the second on July 20, 2020, the third on October 26, 2020, the fourth on January 27, 2021, the fifth on March 12, 2021 and the sixth and last letter on June 25, 2021.
- But the Prime Minister neither replied to any letter nor fulfilled his promise. Finally, fed up, the Rajasthan government started carrying forward this project on its own. For this, a provision of about Rs 9,600 crore was made in the budget for the year 2022-23. A provision of Rs 13000 crore has been made in the budget for the year 2023-24.
“This Prime Minister’s lie scheme is going to stop soon,” concluded Jairam Ramesh.