The inaugural function of Namma Metro had the feel of a BJP rally
True to the saying that success has a thousand fathers, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress competed with each other to claim credit for Namma Metro, which partially opened its service here Thursday.
At the inaugural function, Bangalore South Lok Sabha Member Ananth Kumar credited the former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee for the project and described Namma Metro as one of his (Mr. Kumar's) own dream projects.
‘It was us'
“When Vajpayee was Prime Minister and I, the Urban Development Minister in the National Democratic Alliance Government, he asked me to formulate an urban transport policy. Bangalore was one among five capitals chosen for the metro. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. was asked to prepare a detailed project report,” he said.
However, Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said: “It was in 2006 that the project was sanctioned by the United Progressive Alliance Government. The then [Congress] Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh brought the proposal to Delhi and we sanctioned the project.”
State Home and Transport Minister R. Ashok threw in his two cents saying the highest fund allocation for Namma Metro was by former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
The ruling BJP Government went all out to project the Namma Metro's inaugural as one of its crowning glories. It sought to give the function the feel of a rally, erecting a shamiana and making seating arrangements for 10,000 people. Sources said the BJP had hired Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses to ferry people to the inaugural.