Congress calls on PM Modi to refrain from speaking ill of 'holy' Uttarakhand

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 13 (ANI): Bemused with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent remark concerning the state of Uttarakhand, former union minister Oscar Fernandes on Monday said that he cannot think of reason as to why the former will make such a comment against a pious state. Asserting that Uttarakhand is a holy state, Fernandes said the Prime Minister should not make such arrogant declarations regarding the state. "Uttarakhand is a holy place for all. People from all over the country visit Uttarakhand to pay their obeisance as it is a pious land. Why the Prime Minister is speaking like this for Uttarakhand I cannot think of a reason. We will have to quit arrogance to be able to improve, until and unless we do that, we cannot improve," Fernandes told ANI. Slamming the Congress, Prime Minister Modi yesterday while rallying in Uttarakhand said the party had turned the 'dev-boomi' of Uttarakhand into a 'loot-bhoomi'. "Those who were appointed to a position of power did not lose the opportunity to make personal gains. They were caught red-handed on camera. They've turned this dev-bhoomi into loot-bhoomi," said PM Modi. Referring to a sting operation in which Chief Minister Harish Rawat was allegedly seen offering bribes to party MLAs for their support in a crucial floor-test in the Uttarakhand Assembly the Prime Minister said, "Those who cannot think well of the people here, how can they govern?" (ANI)