Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, who had laid the foundation of the Bogibeel Bridge during his tenure, on Tuesday expressed disappointment at not being invited for the inauguration of the country’s longest railroad bridge in Assam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 4.9-km-long bridge at Bogibeel across Brahmaputra River, built at a cost of Rs 5,900 crore.
The foundation stone for the project was laid by Gowda when he was the prime minister in 1997. “Railway line to Kashmir, Delhi Metro and Bogibeel railroad bridge were among the projects I had sanctioned (as prime minister). I had sanctioned the budget of Rs 100 crore for each of these projects and laid their foundation stones. People have forgotten today,” Gowda said.
Replying to a question from reporters on the sidelines of a function as to how he felt about the inauguration of the project started by him, the former prime minister said he had given the nod for many projects. To a question whether he received an invitation, Gowda quipped, “Aiyo Rama! Who will remember me? Some newspapers might have mentioned it.”