Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pune Metro project amid mobiles flashed by hundreds of people, while criticising the Congress government for delaying the initiative for 15 years even as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar showed his displeasure for not being allowed to utter a word, although invited to share the stage with the governor, chief minister and other ministers and MPs.
Modi has given full credit to the “double engine“ (the BJP governments in the state and Centre) to start the Pune Metro project. In his speech at the College of Agriculture ground at Shivajinagar, Modi talked on the issues of urbanisation and demonetisation.
During the programme, Pawar was seen shaking hands with Modi, but he showed disappointment with his gesture for not being invited to speak to the thousands of people. After Modi's speech, he did not even stand up despite requests of Union cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari and Pune district guardian minister Girish Bapat.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to people to light up their mobile flashlights as a gesture to Modi for his approval of the project. The crowd gave a standing ovation and flashed their cellphone lights. Fadnavis said, “Now, we are working on the Shivajinagar and Hinjewadi Metro routes. We will complete all procedures for it by March and inaugurate this project by the PM in April 2017.“