New Delhi, Jan 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated commencement of work for a refinery in Rajasthan’s Barmer district. The leader remembered Bairon Singh Shekhawat and Jaswant Singh for the efforts they had made for the development of the area. He also launched an attack on the Congress party, saying some people misled the nation regarding the refinery. He said the previous government didn’t do anything on OROP and poverty alleviation. Also Read - Farm Bills Need of 21st Century, Says PM Modi; Assures Farmers on MSP

“Some people mislead citizens often. Their misleading the nation on Barmer refinery is not the exception, it is a norm when it comes to them. There are several such areas in which they have been misleading the nation for years,” Modi said. Also Read - PM Modi Hails Passage of Farm Bills in Parliament, Calls it 'Watershed Moment in History of Indian Agriculture'

“For them, ‘Garibi Hatao’ was an attractive slogan. They nationalised the banks but the doors of the banks never opened for the poor. Jan Dhan Yojana changed this and the poor got access to banking facilities,” he added. Also Read - PM Modi Likely to Hold COVID-19 Review Meeting With Chief Ministers of 7 Worst-hit States Next Week

“For 40 years nothing was done about OROP. Before the 2014 elections a token sum was allocated towards OROP even when it was widely known this sum is unrealistic and too less. It was our commitment to make OROP a reality and we worked towards making that possible,” he said.

PM lauded Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s efforts in the state, saying she managed the drought situations well in her two terms.

“The manner in which Vasundhara Ji has managed drought situations during both her terms, and helped people is commendable. It is in contrast to the opposition in the state, whose poor drought management in Rajasthan is widely known,” he said.

The project, which is a joint venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Rajasthan Government, is worth Rs. 43,000 crore. The project will generate employment in the state as well. Rajasthan will go to polls in 2018.