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'Huge amount of public money used for Narendra Modi's Sadbhavna fasts'
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:35 PM, Staff Reporter

A huge amount of public fund was diverted for the much publicised Sadhbhavna Upvas of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who is accused of masterminding the 2002 riots in Gujarat, and the event was camouflaged as a 'New Service' in official documents, activists claimed Wednesday.

"Between September 2011 and February 2012 Modi organised 34 Sadbhavna Fast programmes in Gujarat extensively covered by Media and the project 'Image Makeover' was launched fraudulently using public money", New Delhi based NGO Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) claimed on Wednesday showing the documents obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act.

"The first three Sadbhavna Upvas programmes were held illegally, without any approvals or following government rules and regulations", ANHAD claimed

"Neither the Chief Minister nor his Govt had any planning done for the Sadbhavna Upvas, they had no clue even after one month the programme had started of what it was going to cost.
Evidence on record shows that huge amount of funds were diverted from public departments for personal gain and personal projection by Modi keeping the next year's state elections in mind", it said.

"Modi tried to justify diversion of huge amount of funds from Central schemes by sighting a general circular which suggested promotion of communal harmony programmes in states", it said.

"The assembly, Governor, citizens were deliberately misled about the actual expenditure on the Sadbhavna Upvas", they claimed.

"Modi announced huge projects for development of the host districts during his Sadbhavna Fast programmes. Many of the projects he announced were already part of the Municipal Corporation's budget", ANHAD claimed.

"Other projects like automation of solid waste management, recarpeting of roads, aforestation, fire brigade expansion, housing schemes for urban poor, the fund mainly comes from central government's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)", it said.

"The announcements like the beautification of Aji and Nyari dams on public-private partnership model were also ongoing projects. In Porbandar, Modi announced a Rs 281-crore package for three main projects of a new drinking water supply network, underground sewage pipeline and a housing scheme for the poor. All three projects have been going on for a while and are part of JNNURM", ANHAD claimed.

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