Union minister of state for petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday attacked Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi for turning down the government’s formal invite to attend the inauguration of the Rajiv Gandhi Petroleum Technology Institute (RGPTI). Mocking Rahul’s absence at the inauguration of the RGPTI permanent campus citing his “busy schedule”, Pradhan said it was not unnatural that a “big man” like Rahul was unable to find time for his constituency.
Congratulating the RGPTI management for naming the auditorium where the function was held after Swami Vivekananda, Pradhan also proposed, on the basis of a voice vote, that a statue of Vivekananda be installed there and be unveiled by Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, this time “on a date of his convenience.”
Launching the NDA government’s ambitious Ujjawala scheme, the minister gave away 1,000 free gas connections to Amethi’s poor. On his arrival in Amethi, a Congress-BJP poster war was also on display between Fursatganj and RGPTI, with both parties claiming credit for the permanent campus. “In eight years since the enactment of the law for RGPTI, the UPA government gave Rs 129 crore, while the Modi-led NDA government doled out Rs 302 crore,” said Pradhan. On Friday, the Congress vice-president had tweeted his letter to Pradhan in which he had said the UPA government had first proposed the idea of setting up RGPTI.
Referring to the decision to retain the name of the institute after late ex-prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Pradhan said a debate should be conducted on why important institutions are named after family members. “What about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Swami Vivekananda, Lal Bahadur Shastri and many others who contributed to the freedom struggle?” Pradhan asked.
Pradhan also promised a skill centre on the campus to ensure 70% jobs to Amethi’s people. Captain Munnerlyn Authentic JerseyShare This