In an attempt to strike an emotional chord with the people of Bundelkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said natural resources of the region were plundered by "mafias of political parties".
"Did they (political parties) have guts to remove these mafias? Only BJP can fight them," he said.
Alleging that under Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments there were instances of "land grabbing", he alleged these parties give tickets to those who grab lands and make them netas.
Laying stress on water management in Bundelkhand, Modi said the region has five rivers, but it still faces water scarcity.
"In Gujarat, we have Narmada and another river and with water management, we succeeded in dealing with water crisis in the past 15 years," he said.
Mentioning the ambitious scheme to connect rivers, Modi said it was a dream of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the incumbent Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti is taking it forward.
"There are rivers which played havoc during rains and others are such which remain dry after rains. There is a need to connect them to ensure water availability," he said.