Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda expressed disappointment at not being invited for the inauguration of the Bogibeel bridge, the foundation stone of which he has laid when he was the Prime Minister, in 1997.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday inaugurated the country’s longest rail road bridge in Assam, which is 4.9 km long built at a cost of Rs 5,900 crore.
Speaking on how he felt about the inauguration of the project started by him, the former prime minister said he had given the nod for many projects.
“Railway line to Kashmir, Delhi Metro and Bogibeel rail road bridge were among the projects I had sanctioned (as prime minister). I had sanctioned the budget of Rs 100 crore for each of these projects and laid their foundation stones. People have forgotten today,” Gowda stated to the media.
To a question whether he received an invitation, Gowda quipped, “Aiyo Rama! Who will remember me? Some newspapers might have mentioned about it.”
Speaking on the extreme delay in the completion of the project, he said, “That is where I differ. I completed the Hassan-Mysuru project in 13 months. I completed two bridges on time. Anagwadi bridge (across Ghataprabha). Go and see the bridge on Krishna river”.
“Some people from Bombay Karnataka region say that Deve Gowda did not do anything (for the north Karnataka region), go and see it,” he added.