Cong, BJP fight over dead
Under a new knight in shining armour, the Congress has now finally decided to take on the BJP in the cyberspace. Congress general secretary and the newly appointed communication head of the party, Ajay Maken, on Monday took swipe at the BJP on social networking site twitter for politicising the Uttarakhand tragedy. This started a war of words over the dead.
‘The pyres of many victims of this natural calamity are still warm. First, the BJP tried to take credit for evacuating 15,000 in a day. Instead of helping in relief works in U’khand, don’t try to use this calamity as a political opportunity,’ wrote Maken on the micro-blogging site.
Earlier, leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said: ‘I am sorry to say that the government in Uttarakhand has not been able to rise to the occasion. Unfortunately, the government in Delhi has also failed to provide the requisite leadership,’ wrote Swaraj on twitter.
Critical of the Uttarakhand government, the BJP leader said: ‘What has your state government done? Nothing. The living are starving. The dead are being robbed. And you are patting your back’.
The Congress party, which in recent times has found a footing in the virtual world, was quick to rebut Swaraj with Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari saying that the leader had no time to visit Uttarakhand.
‘H’onble leaders of Opposition have mind space to critique govt proposals on CBI autonomy that are yet to be placed before SC, but no time to visit Uttarakhand,’ said Tewari on Twitter.
Charges between the two parties flew thick and fast with Swaraj noting that the leaders of Opposition did not visit the flood-affected state as home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had said that ‘nobody including himself was allowed to land anywhere.’
Tewari, however, questioned that if the BJP leaders in both houses were following union home minister’s advice, then why did the same criteria not apply to party chief Rajnath Singh and Modi. ‘If LOP (Leader of Opposition) follows the advice of HM how come it does not apply to the BJP president and poll panel chief ? Different strokes for different folks!,’ wrote Tewari.