Even as thousands are still stranded in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand region, politicians have used the issue for gaining mileage.
However, on Monday, they touched a new low with BJP and Congress engaging in a vicious war of tweets.
Questioning the absence of BJP leaders in Uttarakhand, Information and Broadcast minister Manish Tewari tweeted:
"Did anyone see LOP's in both houses express sympathy/visit disaster hit Uttrakhand. This from a party that criticizes visits of. Cong leaders," he tweeted, referring to the leaders of opposition in parliament.
"H'onble LOP's have mindspace to critique govt proposals on CBI autonomy that are yet to be placed before SC but no time to visit Uttrakhand," he added.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj hit back, saying:
We did not go to Uttarakhand because Home Minister made a public statement that our visit will hamper the rescue effort.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) July 1, 2013
He went to the extent of saying that nobody including himself was allowed to land anywhere.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) July 1, 2013
She claimed that the Uttarakhand government had not been able to rise to the occasion to deal with the devastation caused by the rains and floods.
The truth is that I woke you up about the scale of tragedy when I spoke to Home Minister on 18th June and tweeted about this.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) July 1, 2013
Meanwhile, the new head of the Communications Department for the Congress, Ajay Maken posted a series of tweets taking potshots at the BJP over the Uttarakhand issue.
Instead of helping in relief works in U'khand, don't try to use this calamity as a Political Opportunity! #NoPoliticsOverCalamity— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) July 1, 2013
@SushmaSwarajbjp Pyre of many Victims of this Natural Calamity still warm. First BJP tried to take credit of evacuating 15000 in a day!1/2— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) July 1, 2013
That last tweet was a jibe at senior BJP leader Narendra Modi who flew to Uttarakhand and helped rescue 15,000 Gujaratis in a day - a claim made in a newspaper report which was denied days later by the BJP.
Last week, TDP and Congress leaders came to blows while taking the credit for rescue and relief operations.