Don`t use Uttarakhand calamity as political opportunity: Cong to BJP

Last Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 19:45

New Delhi: Seeking to dismiss Opposition attack over handling of the Uttarakhand issue, Congress today came out in support of the Vijay Bahuguna government and asked BJP to refrain from political oneupmanship in the wake of the devastation caused by the floods.

"Congress party is satisfied over the way the Uttarakhand government has been functioning," party General Secretary Ajay Maken told reporters in the wake of BJP demanding dismissal of the state
government over "inept" handling of the crisis.

Maken wanted the Opposition party "not to play politics and criticise the state government at this point of time" but "support the state government" which is carrying out the relief and rehabilitation task.

BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had earlier charged the Uttarakhand government with failing to effectively handle the tragedy caused by floods and landslides in rain fury a fortnight ago.

"I am sorry to say that the government in Uttarakhand has not been able to rise to the occasion. They ought to be dismissed for being inept and incompetent," Swaraj tweeted.

Maken, who is the new head of the Communications Department for Congress, also posted a series of tweets taking potshots at BJP over the Uttarakhand issue.
"Instead of helping in relief works in U`khand, don`t try to use this calamity as a Political Opportunity!"
"Pyre of many Victims of this Natural Calamity still warm. First BJP tried to take credit of evacuating 15000 in a day," was another tweet of Maken in a jibe at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over claims he flew to Uttarakhand and helped rescue 15,000 Gujaratis in a day.


First Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 19:45

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