The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday defended the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Madhya Pradesh Government’s handling of the situation post the Ratangarh Temple tragedy, and charged the Congress Party of playing politics over dead bodies.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the need of the hour is that the Central Government takes initiatives, takes all states into confidence and prepares national disaster plan how to averse such disasters and come out with a plan and help the states to walk on the path.
“But instead of doing this, every Congress leader right from Kamal Nath to Jyotiraditya Scindia to Ajay Maken and Satyavrat Chaturvedi and everybody Digvijay Singh, they are doing politics on the eve of election. They are doing politics over dead bodies. So, this attitude of the Congress is destructive attitude. We condemn such attitude. One should really discuss the tragedy and ensure that how such tragedies do not happen again,” said Javadekar.
“The MP Government is doing its job. As you know election code of conduct is there, so no leader is allowed to go to the place,” he added.
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister today said an inquiry commission would be set up within the next two days to probe the Ratangarh Temple stampede.
“A commission of inquiry to look into yesterday's stampede would be set up within two days,” Chouhan said, after meeting injured persons at a hospital in Datia district.
The Chief Minister said that the inquiry report would come in about two months, and added that action on it will be taken within 15 days after its submission.
Asserting that the Madhya Pradesh Government’s misgovernance and rampant corruption is responsible for the stampede in the temple town of Ratangarh, the Congress Party earlier today said Chouhan should take moral responsibility for this man-made disaster.
AICC General Secretary and Communication Department in-charge Ajay Maken said the Congress Party extends its sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
“A similar incident had taken place in the Ratangarh Temple five years back in which no one was killed, but several were injured. And the Madhya Pradesh administration has not taken any lesson from it. The saddest part is that this is not a natural disaster, but a man made disaster that has taken place in Ratangarh. And it could have been stopped,” said Maken.
“The Madhya Pradesh Government deploys lakhs of police personnel when there is a BJP Mahakumbh, but here there was no such deployment of the police,” he added.
The Navratra festivities ended in tragedy when 110 pilgrims, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede on a bridge leading to the historic Ratangarh temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district yesterday. According to reports, the death toll has now risen to 115.
The disaster was a repeat of the 2006 stampede when more than 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the Sindh River off the same bridge in 2006.
The stampede was triggered by rumours that the river bridge the devotees were crossing was about to collapse.
Survivors alleged that some people spread the rumor that the bridge was on the verge of collapse, resulting in panic.