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Opposition should not do politics on U`khand calamity: Gehlot

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 20:23

Jaipur: Rajasthan government has provided financial and relief support to the victims of Uttarakhand calamity and opposition parties should not do no politics on the sensitive issue, Chief Minister Askok Gehlot said on Tuesday.

Opposition parties should not make it a political issue, rather extend support to people stranded in Uttarakhand regardless of state where they belong to, he told reporters after attending PCC`s Executive Meeting here.

Congress was not doing any "favouritism" in the backdrop of relief measures in Uttarakhand, Gehlot who returned last night from there said.

When asked about the statement of BJP state President Vasundhara Raje who found the relief arrangements insufficient, Gehlot said, "She is guilty conscious that is why she is staying back in Jaipur on one or other excuse".

He said, "How come she (Raje) is not going to Dehradun where she has a farm house...If she provides her farm house as a relief camp...We will be more happy than hearing her criticism from Jaipur.

"Every one is ready to become Chief Minister.....Swaraj sankalp yatra is meant for that...But on relief to Uttarakhand people, only statements are issued."

Gehlot further said, "Opposition parties have no concern for those stranded in Uttarakhand, they just know how to do politics on issues."

If the Opposition party members and leaders go to Uttarakhand for extending any help to victims, the government would welcome their move, if any, Gehlot said.

Earlier addressing the PCC Executive Meeting, Gehlot said so far 1,500 stranded people at Uttarakhand were rescued and brought safely to Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Roadways Buses were kept at certain points for the rescued people and to drop them at their places free of cost, Gehlot said.

It was Rajasthan that went to Uttarakhand first to provide cash relief of Rs 2 crore and erect water-proof tents in the affected areas, he said.
In an indirect remark at the Gujarat government`s claim to bring back or rescued 15,000 people in two flights, Gehlot said it was "all exaggeration of facts" as no such plane was in operation to carry more than 150 persons at a time.
"Opposition parties shall avoid making rumours and playing politics on the Uttarakhand calamity," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 20:23

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