Uttarakhand govt should be dismissed for being inept, incompetent: Sushma Swaraj
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Charging that the Uttarakhand government failed to handle the tragedy caused by floods and landslides, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today demanded that the Congress government in the state be dismissed.
"I am sorry to say that the Government in Uttarakhand has not been able to rise to the occasion. They ought to be dismissed for being inept and incompetent," Swaraj said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
This is the first time that the BJP has strongly and openly come out against the Vijay Bahuguna government on the issue of rescue and relief operations in the hill state.
Senior leaders of the main opposition had avoided any harsh comments and confined their demand to declaring the tragedy a national calamity.
Swaraj also targeted the UPA government at the Centre on the issue.
"Unfortunately, the Government in Delhi has also failed to provide the requisite leadership," she said.
The BJP leader also maintained that her party leaders have avoided a visit to the troubled state as it would hamper relief and rescue efforts. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was the only big BJP leader to visit the state.
"We did not go to Uttarakhand because Home Minister made a public statement that our visit will hamper the rescue effort," Swaraj said. Modi's visit had led to a war of words between the Congress and the BJP.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had visited the state but his tour was marred by reports that the ITBP camps were evacuated to facilitate his stay as well as that of the SPG.