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Jignesh Mevani hits out at Narendra Modi over bullet train project

The Gujarat MLA called the Prime Minister a "bluffer"

By PTI in Palghar (Maharashtra)
  • Published 29.12.18, 11:31 AM
  • Updated 29.12.18, 11:31 AM
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Narendra Modi in Delhi on Friday. PTI

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani has attacked the BJP-led governments in the Centre and Maharashtra over their "misplaced priorities".

Addressing a meeting of the Paryavarn Samvardhan Samiti at Vasai in Palghar district on Friday night, Mevani took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the proposed bullet train project linking Mumbai with Ahmedabad.

"Modi is a bluffer, a 'natasamrat' (dramatist) who makes only tall claims on development", he said.

The MLA also appealed to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to improve suburban train services.

"What is the use of costly projects like bullet train when the common people cannot afford it? The government thinks of costly projects but not of common people", he alleged.

Mevani said farmers and land-owners in the Vasai-Virar belt should not surrender their land for the bullet train project.

"Precious land of farmers is being acquired for projects like expressways and corridors", he said.

Without naming the BJP, Mevani alleged that the issue of construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is being purposefully raised as Lok Sabha polls are approaching.