New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday promised the farmers of Haryana that the river water which belongs to India but is flowing to Pakistan would soon get diverted to the fields of Haryana and Rajasthan for the benefit of agriculture in the state. He was addressing a campaign rally at Charkhi Dadri in Haryana for the assembly elections on 21 October. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fighting under the leadership of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
“The water which belongs to India was allowed to flow to Pakistan for 70 years...this will not happen now. We will divert the water which belongs to India, it will be given to the farmers of Haryana, water should be given to the farmers of Rajasthan," said Modi.
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India shares its water with Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty. For many decades, India has allowed its share of water also to go to its hostile neighbour. The Modi government is now keen to reclaim its share.
Modi said the government under Khattar had succeeded in stopping corruption in government jobs. “Now people who have the merit will get jobs. The legacy of promoting candidates for government jobs is no longer prevalent in Haryana. The tradition of giving government jobs to people who are close to power has ended," Modi added.
The PM said that the Congress leaders should clarify their stand on Article 370 and if the Congress desired, the party should declare in their manifesto that they support Article 370 and it should not be abrogated. “The leaders of Congress abuse me as much as they want, they can continue to do so. If they want they can import abuses, but please do not try to stab the people of the country in the back," Modi said.