UPA’S LOSS IS NDA’S GAIN

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment has earned big praise in As­sam by nam­ing the 9.15 km Dhola-Sadiya bridge on the Brahma­pu­tra, In­dia’s long­est, after le­gendary As­samese singer Bhu­pen Hazarika. Even mil­i­tant out­fit ULFA’s com­man­der-in-chief Paresh Baruah sent the gov­ern­ment a thank you note. For the UPA, which started the project in 2010 and de­layed it, it’s a huge pub­lic re­la­tions op­por­tu­nity missed. And just how badly, for it was Congress leader and then en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Jairam Ramesh who, in a let­ter to the PMO, had pro­posed that the bridge be named after Hazarika. Dou­ble whammy.

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