After accusing the Narendra Modi government of not doing anything on ground despite making promises and announcing the Namami Ganga project, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan will now lead a Clean Ganga campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Azam Khan, a cabinet minister, will lead the campaign in Kanpur on Thursday, said an official associated with the team organising the event. He will later take part in a Clean Ganga Yatra being organised by Hindu seers in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“We treat Ganga as our mother. It is now polluted. Lot has been said but nothing has been done on ground. The result is not visible. We are organising Clean Ganga campaign at Sarsaiyya Ghat in Kanpur to highlight the issue,” said Vidya Sagar, organiser of a Bihar-based organisation ‘Ganga Ki Pukar’ working for cleaning of Ganga.
Sagar clarified that he has invited Azam for his “zeal and real concern” towards Ganga. “Azam Khan is a senior minister and has real concern for Ganga cleanliness. We appreciate his efforts and his association will surely help our cause,” Sagar said.
After Kanpur, Azam will attend the Clean Ganga Yatra organised by Hindu seers in Varanasi. “Azam is a true ‘Deshbhakt’. He is not anti-Hindu. He loves cow and Ganga, how can he be against Hindus as the canard has been spread by BJP?,” asked Acharya Pramod Krishnam, Kalki Peethadheshwar while talking to The Indian Express. Krishnam is organising Clean Ganga Yatra from Varanasi.
“Several prominent Hindu seers will be part of the Yatra. Azam Khan has assured his presence. The dates will be announced shortly after consultation with the seers,” Krishnam claimed.
Krishnam claimed that Namami Gange project of Modi government has failed to take off with no visible work at ground. “We are now raising the issue and Azam is with us,” he said.
Four days ago, Azam was honoured with ‘Go Rakshak Samman’ by Krishnam during a function in Sambhal district for his services to save cow. Another seer, Swami Adhokshjanand Maharaj, too has gifted a cow to Azam.