Mayawati targets Modi, sympathises with Uttarakhand flood victims

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 07, 2013 14:20 hrs

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday took a jibe at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over reports that he rescued 15,000 Gujaratis from flood ravaged Uttarakhand.

"The leader of the party who dreams of being India's Prime Minister and goes to the flood-hit state of Uttarakhand and talks about rescuing the people of Gujarat state only. Giving a national thought, he did not speak about rescuing stranded people from all states," she said, while addressing a rally here.

Mayawati also sympathised with the kin of victims killed in flash floods of Uttarakhand, and asked her party cadres to provide all kinds of assistance to the families of the hill state.

"Apart from the locals, a large number of pilgrims from other states had lost their lives which distressed our party. In this hour of disaster, our party prays that nature provides the family of the victims the strength to bear the loss," she said, while addressing a rally here.

Trying to lure the gathered crowd, Mayawati said that her party was aiming at fostering brotherhood with the people from upper caste.

"We are trying to foster brotherhood among the people of upper caste and religious organisations. It is our party, which took this initiative, and we began working in this direction in the country's most populous state Uttar Pradesh," she said.

Uttarakhand has been devastated by the flash floods and landslides which claimed over 1000 lives, rendered thousands of families homeless while another 10,000 are still reported to be missing.

Over 1,05,000 stranded people were rescued by the personnel of Indian Air Force, Army, the para-military Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the flood-ravaged state. (ANI)

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