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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Expressing strong disapproval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that he is the first Indian premier in 42 years to visit Canada, the Congress on Friday reminded him of ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh’s state visit there in 2010.

Underlining former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official three-day visit at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June, 2010, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, “On (Stephen) Harper’s invitation, Manmohan Singh went to Canada in 2010. It was a state visit, and the two released a joint statement after their bilateral engagements.”

The joint statement released by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 27, 2010 said, “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Canada at the invitation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. During his visit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh participated in G20 Toronto Summit and held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.”

The controversial assertion of being the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Canada in 42 years was made by Modi on Thursday, during the last leg of his three-nation visit to Canada.

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Yogi Plans Grand Memorial for BJP Ideologues along the Banks of Gomti River in Lucknow

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay

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The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government will build a “Rashtriya Prerna Sthal” along the banks of the Gomti River in Lucknow, dedicated to the memory of ‘nationalist’ leaders.

The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. It will also have a city forest park.

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

According to the government spokesman, the Sthal will also have a Jan Sabha Kendra that will accommodate over one lakh people.

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The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. Pixabay

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has been directed to prepare the blueprint for the project.

A herbal garden, a multi-activity centre and a cycle track will also be a part of the project. Sources said that a butterfly and a fruit garden, food court, craft bazaar, cafe, lotus and duck lake, Yoga zone, kids play area and an open theatre are also proposed in the Sthal.

An initial instalment of Rs 50 crore has been given to start the project, though the entire cost of the project is yet to be worked out.

This is the first time that the BJP government is building a project dedicated to its ideologues.

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The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) government had built several memorials dedicated to its ideologues includes Ambedkar and late Kanshi Ram. These include the Kanshi Ram Eco Garden, Ambedkar Park and Samajik Parivartan Sthal.

The Samajwadi Party, during their tenure, came up with the Lohia Park, Lohia Path, Janeshwar Misra Park and the Jai Prakash Narain International Centre in Lucknow.

“This will be a one-of-its-kind project that will have something for everyone. It will emerge as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state,” said a minister who is involved in the project. (IANS)