Modi urges Gujarat MPs to raise state’s issues in Parliament


Chief Minister Narendra Modi Saturday held a meeting with members of Parliament (MPs) representing Gujarat and urged them to raise issues and pending problems of the state in the upcoming budget session of Parliament. In all, it was decided to take up 109 issues concerning various ministries, an official release said.

However, Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar L K Advani and Rajya Sabha MP Arun Jaitley didn't attend the meeting, held in Gandhinagar.

Advani, who was in Ahmedabad on Friday to attend the wedding reception of industrialist Gautam Adani's son, had met Modi before that.

This was the first meeting Modi had with Gujarat MPs after his re-election as CM following BJP's win in the recent Assembly polls.

Modi told MPs about how to take up the issues effectively and seek their early resolution in the wider interest of the state. Booklets containing state-related issues like gas pricing, goods and services tax and other pending issues were also distributed among the MPs.

The CM also told the MPs about the need to get approval for the proposal of Rs 600-crore fund for the construction 269-km ring road surrounding the protected area of Gir sanctuary.

Modi also talked about freeing Ankleshwar, Vatva and Ahmedabad from pollution and about some 45 small development projects that are awaiting enviornmental clearance from the Centre. He asked for the quick undertaking of Sabarmati Ashram development project and the Dandi Heritage project.

He also asked MPs to press the Centre for allowing states to have a say in price mechanism of cotton in the interest of farmers. The CM asked them to present the case of 587 seized boats and release of 388 fishermen by Pakistani authorities, about which the Gujarat Government wrote 118 letters to the Centre.

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