Lack of coordination led to Allahabad stampede: BJP

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 20:24

Allahabad: Blaming the Uttar Pradesh government, Senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon on Tuesday said lack of coordination between the Kumbh mela administration and the Railways led to the February 10 stampede at Allahabad railway station which claimed 38 lives.

"I have met a number of officials to get an idea as to why such a tragedy took place. I also met a number of people who had sustained injuries. It can be categorically said that coordination between the Kumbh Mela administration and the Railways was absent.

"It was a failure on part of the state government, which was supposed to achieve a proper coordination," Tandon told reporters here.

Criticising the Samajwadi Party government, the former state minister said, "The state government`s focus was not on the event, but on who takes away the credit."

"From the numerous posters and hoardings across the city, it appears that there was a contest between the CM, the urban development minister and the local MP as to who hogs the maximum limelight."

"Our party president has constituted a three-member team to investigate the stampede and other instances of mismanagement at the Kumbh Mela." he said adding, the report will be submitted to the judicial enquiry panel commissioned by the state government and to the Governor.

"We do not want to prejudice the judicial enquiry, but it goes without saying that there has been rampant mismanagement," Tandon said.

The BJP Lok Sabha member said the party will strongly raise the stampede issue in the Parliament where the Railway Minister will have to reply to all queries.

"We have come across reports wherein the Railway Minister has squarely put the blame on local administration. However, there are many things that the Railways too need to explain," Tandon said.

He also said that the party had received complaints about less number of trains running on holy bathing days than what was announced.

"Besides, one fails to understand the rationale behind allowing entry through only one gate on a day when crowds are expected to be heavy. The Railways cannot be allowed to evade responsibility by putting the entire blame on the local administration.

"Some of the dead and injured include those who had just arrived at the station on that day and the Railways cannot deny its failure in ensuring their safe exit," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 20:22

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