Modi has politicised Uttarakhand flood tragedy, alleges Congress

New Delhi, June 25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over his claims that he had helped in the evacuation of 15,000 Gujaratis from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand during his two day visit.

"The Chief Minister Gujarat went to Uttarakhand to give it a political colour and take credit for it," Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said.

The Shiv Sena, which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), also expressed its displeasure on the report.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut observed that Modi shouldn't have talked only about Gujarat at a time when he was projecting himself as the country's future Prime Minister.

"Narendra Modi is leader of the country. People perceive him to be future Prime Minister. It doesn't behave of a future Prime Ministerial (candidate) to talk about only a particular state and that too his. This is what we have conveyed," he said.

The BJP attempting to downplay the controversy took a jibe at the ruling Congress Party, and alleged that the relief materials were sent to the flood-hit state only after Rahul Gandhi returned from abroad.

"The relief materials were kept at the Congress Party headquarters for a week because prince (Rahul Gandhi) was not in the country, he was abroad. When prince returned from his holiday abroad, an event was organised for the prince to flag off the relief materials," said BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Meanwhile, after heavy rain overnight and this morning, the weather has now improved in Uttarakhand paving way for the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to fly and evacuate over 6,000 people who are still stranded in different parts of the state. Many of them are now in temporary relief camps with access to food and water.

The army, ITBP and NDRF today concentrated its evacuation operation by air mainly at Badrinath, Gangotri valley and Pithoragarh district of the state. Most of the pilgrims are stranded in these regions.

Helicopters have started sorties from Sahastradhara helipad and Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and other helipads and airbases across the affected districts to evacuate the pilgrims.

About 800 people were yesterday evacuated on foot using makeshift bridges across swollen rivers. Over 1000 people were also airlifted from parts where the rain was not heavy enough to ground military helicopters. (ANI)

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