Hitting out at those who opposed to the bullet train project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested that they opposing it should travel on bullock carts.
Modi made the comment while lashing out at the Congress for its criticism of the Rs 1.1 lakh crore project, which he said was “a negligible price” — connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai and to be built by Japan.
He said the Congress government too wanted the project but failed to get it and so was now opposing it.
“Those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. We won’t mind,” he told an election rally at the Amod Sugar factory near this Gujarat city on the banks of the Narmada.
Modi said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor to be built by the state-run Japan International Cooperation Agency would open up a huge employment opportunity in Gujarat.
“Imagine how much employment will it generate for the region, for Bharuch. I ask you where will the cement for the bullet train (infrastructure) come from, iron come from, laborers come from? Won’t that be from India? And who will be buying that? Japan. Isn’t it a big deal?” Modi asked.
He said the UPA government under Manmohan Singh also wanted the project but could not get it. “The NDA government got it at a negligible price. So the Congress didn’t like that. My only grievance against the Congress is that if they could not achieve anything, why does it pain them when someone else does it.”