In response to actor-turned-politician Rajnikanth's praise over BJP's poll promise of 'integrating rivers' Union Minister Piyush Goyal welcoming the decision has thanked the superstar for his appreciation.
Goyal said, "I would like to thank Rajinikanth who has appreciated the interlinking of rivers scheme in our manifesto. I welcome his comments who has thanked PM Modi for the same."
Interlinking of rivers is among the promises made in the BJP's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
"I've been pushing for inter-linking (of rivers). BJP has said it would form a commission for interlinking of rivers. It's welcome," he said. Noting that interlinking of rivers was a dream of former prime minister A B Vajpayee, the superstar recalled he had taken up the issue with the former when he met him and suggested that it be christened "Bhagiratham Yojana."
Bhagiratham means making the impossible possible. "By God's grace and if people give the BJP a chance to form the government at the Centre for the second time, the party should inter-link rivers," the 69-year-old star said.
If the project was implemented, it would go a long way in eradicating poverty while several crores of people would get jobs and a lot of farmers would improve, he added.
In 2017, Rajinikanth had met a delegation of farmers and assured them of his support to their plea for interlinking rivers and pledged Rs one crore for the purpose.
Rajinikanth who in 2017 announced that he will launch a party and had declared that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections on all seats has so far only formed a forum for his fans to unite. Recently, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, he has announced that he won't fight the election and would neither support any party.