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Keep Development Above Politics, Says Rajnath Singh

LUCKNOW: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said development should be kept above politics and hailed the Uttar Pradesh government for helping in acquiring land for the 94-km-long outer ring road in his parliamentary constituency – Lucknow.

“Development should not be weighed on the scale of politics,” Mr Singh said while laying the foundation stone of the ring road along with Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari in Lucknow.

The Union Minister also acknowledged the help of state government in acquiring land for the outer ring road to be built at a cost of Rs. 5,218 crore.

Stressing on the need for infrastructure and road network, Mr Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the target of taking the GDP to double digits which was possible only by improving the infrastructure.

The GDP was 8.4 per cent during Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime, he said.

Mr Singh said as the surface Transport Minister in the Vajpayee government, he had made the ambitious plan of linking national highways.