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#Politics | ‘Act of God’ or ‘Act of fraud’: Oppn attacks PM Modi over Morbi

Reference to PM's attack on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over a flyover collapse in Kolkata in 2016

Rescue personnel retrieve a body in Morbi. (Express Photo)

While expressing condolences for the families who lost their dear ones in the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat Sunday, the Opposition accused the BJP government of “negligence”and asked if it was an “act of God” or “an act of fraud”, alluding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s line of attack against the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal when a flyover collapsed in Kolkata on March 31, 2016, killing many.

Among the leaders who tweeted expressing their condolences were Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who asked all party workers to “extend all possible help”, and Uddhav Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray. In an official letter, the Congress has also demanded a “judicial probe” into the “cause of the incident, which prima facie seems to be a case of criminal negligence and gross misgovernance”.

Attacking the BJP government, Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who is in Gujarat for poll campaigning, shared a Twitter thread of bridge collapses compiled by party member Gurdeep Singh Sappal, and said, “Here are some of the examples of BJPMODISHAH regime’s “ACT OF FRAUDS”… All these are because the quality of construction is being compromised for “MONEY” gains as Modi ji explained in Kolkata bridge collapse”.

In a later tweet, he said: “Of course Modi ji should know as CM Gujarat he built up coterie of favoured Civil Contractors who are now taking contracts all over India in BJP ruled States and in GOI?”

Youth Congress head Srinivas B V tweeted in Hindi: “In this way, due to the Act of Fraud of the Government of Gujarat, 141+ lives were drowned in the river. Hundreds are injured. Dozens are missing.”

A little later, he shared excerpts from Modi’s speech in Kevadia, Gujarat, on Sunday, to mark Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, coinciding with Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, and said: “There was a speech of full 27 minutes. The government event continued instead of the condolence meeting… bodies are still missing in the river, 141+ families have been destroyed..! But there is only one principle of Saheb, The Show Must Go On!!”

Rescue work in progress in Morbi on Monday, a day after Jhoolto Pul came crashing down, killing 134 people. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Srinivas tweeted, “There were more than 500 people on the bridge with a capacity of 100 people, not forcibly but by buying tickets”, and asked: Where was the DM? Where was the police? Where was the CMO? How did the bridge open without a fitness certificate?”

He added: “The Gujarat government responsible for 141+ deaths is so serious that not even a single officer has been transferred.”

Congress spokesperson Gaurav Pandhi tweeted: “How & why did the cable bridge collapse in Morbi just a week after renovation? Monetary compensation is not going to bring back those who died due to someone else’s negligence and rampant corruption in the Govt… Let us scam crores, if you die, we will give you pennies – BJP.”

Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi posted: “Reminds me of the Act of God and Act of fraud speech given by the Prime Minister when a bridge in WB collapsed.”

Congress’s general secretary communications in-charge Jairam Ramesh shared images of the Bharat Jodo Yatris observing two minutes silence in memory of those who died in the Morbi suspension bridge tragedy in Gujarat. At least 134 people were killed after the suspension bridge on the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi city collapsed on Sunday evening.

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(With inputs from PTI)

First published on: 31-10-2022 at 14:19 IST
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