Politics over dead in Uttarakhand is disgusting, says Naresh Agarwal

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal on Sunday expressed disgust over the tussle between political parties over the number of dead in the Uttarakhand floods.

"This is politics over the dead, we have stooped down to this level. This Chief Minister is busy saving his own back, hence he is busy reducing the number of deaths," said Agarwal.

Uttarakhand Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya earlier today said that few people are still stranded in the holy town of Badrinath in flood ravaged state.

"Still few people stuck at Badrinath. Efforts on to rescue them," Arya said.

Arya further said that around one lakh pilgrims have been moved to safe places and added that directions have been given to conduct DNA test of dead bodies that have been recovered.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said that over 900 people have lost their lives as per the reports received by him, and added that over one lakh five thousand people have so far been evacuated.

Shinde further said that the combing operations would be carried out in the next three to four days to make sure that none are still stranded.

"The Government of India is providing all assistance. We have also formulated a scheme of Rs. 1,95,000 for Uttarakhand," he added.

He further said that priority would be given to evacuate the sick, old and disabled people, a large number of whom are stranded in the Badrinath area.

Shinde, who also reviewed rescue and relief operations, gave an assurance that IAF choppers will remain in the hill state for another 15 days and continue to provide support. (ANI)


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