VADODARA, Dec 1: State BJP General Secretary Gordhan Zhapadia announced on Wednesday that his party would support the proposed kar seva for the Sardar Sarovar project if it was held anywhere other than the dam site, which is a prohibited area.
However, Zhapadia justified the Government's plans to prevent the kar seva at the dam site. ``At a time when the Narmada case is in the Supreme Court, any plan to hold the kar seva at the dam site would harm Gujarat's interest,'' he said.
Clearing the party stand on the issue, Zhadapia stated that ``we believe that NJA leader Sharad Joshi and others joining him are not enemies of Gujarat like Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan''.
Zhapadia also demanded that the Congress and voluntary organisations in Gujarat clear their stand on the issue. Saying that it would be difficult to control the mob if the kar seva is held at the dam site, Zhadapia announced that, ``If it is held downstream, our workers will participate.'' The people of Gujarat should carry out an agitation to bring to light the SSP's necessity, he added.
Zhadapia alleged that the Madhya Pradesh Government was creating hurdles for the Project because it had not laid down the number of canals which should have been laid so far. In Gujarat, he claimed that 80 per cent work on the main canal and 60 per cent on the branch canals was completed.
He said that the State Chief Minister and State party president Rajendrasinh Rana recently called on the Prime Minister on the Narmada issue. Claiming that Gujarat gives more priority to the SSP than the Wadinar gas issue, which involves a gas pipeline to Madhya Pradesh, he went on to add that the State BJP would ask the Centre to intervene in the gas pipeline issue as well.
Advising that the political parties should take up the SSP issues without considering their own interests, Zhapadia stated that in this particular case you never know where the interest lies.
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