Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to come to Nagpur city to inaugurate the Metro Railway project in the city. However, reliable sources said that the Metro Rail Project has not got the final nod from the Cabinet. Till the Cabinet ayes the project, the green signal for the starting of the works on this Rs 8,500 crore project cannot commence. In the absence of the Cabinet’s approval, the visit of Narendra Modi too is vague.
District Collector Abhishek Krishna told Nagpur Today on Tuesday, “Till now we have not received any official confirmation about Modi’s visit. We have just heard of the tentative programme that he is visiting NTPC but no official word yet.”
Backing collector’s statement, District Information Officer Anil Thakre said, “No official tour of Modi has been reported to us from Collector’s office.” When asked whether his Vidarbha visit was confirmed he said, “I am only limited to Nagpur. As far the district is concerned, I am yet to get confirmation from the collector.”
Many print and electronic media had reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur and the neighbouring district of Wardha on August 21 on his maiden visit to the Vidarbha region. He was also slated to visit Deoli which is 30 km from the district headquarters to inaugurate the 765/400 KV Sub-Station of Public Sector undertaking Power-Grid. He was also scheduled to inaugurate a newly constructed road at Tuljapur in Wardha district.
Modi was scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the prestigious Nagpur Metro Rail project which would connect Nagpur-North with Nagpur-South which will be extended to the Butibori Industrial Estate area. While speaking to the media personnel in a recent programme, the Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the event is likely to be on August 21, 2014.
However, this seems to be doubtful now. What’s more the sources in the SECR say that the Public Relations department is also not aware of Modi’s scheduled visit. They do not have any intimation so far.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that seven of the 16 agencies or individuals, whose opinion was required on the project were yet to send their queries. They include, member secretary (Planning Commission), adviser (PAMD, Planning Commission), adviser (infrastructure, Planning Commission), expenditure department, revenue department, ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) and ministry of civil aviation.
Is Modi distancing from RSS?
Insiders also indicate the ongoing Modi-RSS differences as one of the reasons behind Modi’s unwillingness to come to Nagpur. Sources said recently when Modi’s close aide Amit Shah was officially announced BJP’s national president the Prime Minister dubbed Shah as “Man of the Match.” Commenting on this claim RSS’s Mohan Bhagwat opined that people of the country, and not any single man, enabled BJP’s win. Bhagwat’s comment has clearly highlighted the rift between Modi, his close leaders and RSS top leaders. It may also be mentioned that contrary to the routine practice in which every BJP leader make sure his visit to Nagpur after winning election, Modi noticeably avoided any such visit to RSS’s forte.
Code of conduct to come into effect in third week
One more probable cause of his visit being doubtful is the fact that Maharashtra Government may declare the dates for the Assembly Elections anytime in the third week of August 2014. If that is the case, the question of the Prime Minister inaugurating the Metro Rail project during the period when the Code of Conduct is in effect is highly impossible.