Sushma visits stampade site, promises to raise issue in LS

Alleging that lapses on the part of Kerala government were mainly responsible for the stampade that killed 102 Ayyappa pilgrims, Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said BJP would raise the issue in parliament.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 14:37 PM IST

Vandiperiyar: Alleging that lapses
on the part of Kerala government were mainly responsible for
the stampade that killed 102 Ayyappa pilgrims on Friday last,
Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today said BJP
would raise the issue in parliament.

Visiting the stampade spot Pullumedu and nearby Kumili town
she told reproters that this was a tragedy that could
have been avoided if the government and other agencies
concerned did not neglect the report of 1999 tragedy at
Pampa.

The recommendations of the judicial commission that probed
the 1999 stampede which claimed 52 lives at Pamapa had made
several significant recommendations to improve the safety
anf corwd control of the pilgrimage. But these had been put
on the cold storage, she said.

Swaraj said what required now were not mere investigations and
inquiries, but concerete steps to avoid such mishaps in
future.

She also said her party would actively support the demand
for declaration of Sabarimala as a National Pilgrime Centre,
which would ensure the Union Government`s involvement in
developing facilities for the hillshrine.

PTI