Dehradun, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat today said the disaster-hit state needed Rs 4000 crore more as relief package from the Centre in addition to already sanctioned Rs 8000 crore package and also expressed hope that the special industrial package would be extended till 2020 with excise exemption.

Addressing his first press conference after the Lok Sabha results in which his party lost all the five Lok Sabha seats with huge margins, Mr Rawat expressed hope that the new government under Mr Modis leadership would continue to follow its predecessor UPA governments policy of paying special attention to the Himalayan states.

Mr Rawat, who had made the Lok Sabha Polls in the state as a Harish vs Modi issue, also took total responsibility of the partys total defeat in the state and congratulated Narendra Modi for his election as the BJP parliamentary partys head.

''I fervently hope that Mr Modi would pay the same attention to Uttarakhand as he had paid during the campaign,'' Mr Rawat said.

Mr Rawat also congratulated the BJP MPs from the state and expressed hope that some of them would get a place in the central cabinet.

He said he was sure that the MPs would show enthusiasm in taking care of the state's interests including early completion of vital projects like Rishikesh-Karnprayag and Tanakpur-Bageshwar railway lines and crucial motor roads in border areas. He also expressed hope that projects like Purkaji Luksar NH, Ganga Basin Authoritys cleaning project, and various rural, urban and slum development Projects would be undertaken for the state in the future.

Mr Rawat said he would himself take up a report regarding schemes and projects needed for development of the state and present it to Mr Narendra Modi after he is sworn-in as the prime minister. He would also discuss the same with the five BJP MPs, he said.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)