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Jun 22, 2013 at 09:30pm IST

Modi's visit, Rahul's absence: Congress, BJP play politics over Uttarakhand tragedy

New Delhi: It has not taken too long for politics to be played over the human tragedy in Uttarakhand. On a day when Narendra Modi flew over the state, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said only the state chief minister should be doing aerial surveys. Ironically both the Congress and the BJP are accusing each other of politicking over the tragedy.

"Nobody, except the chief minister of the state should go there at the moment," Shinde said, but he was flanked by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Dehradun. Even as the security forces are struggling to meet up to the demands of those trapped in the disaster, the politicians are already catering to the demands of their constituencies.

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"All the choppers should be made to fly to Uttarakhand and secure every living individual," said BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi. Congress is quick to defend yet another absence of Rahul Gandhi in times of crisis, but in his defence, the Congress pointed, out VVIPs should avoid rushing to the state.

But, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were the first to conduct an aerial survey of the state on June 19. And even as Uttarakhand suffered, its Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was in New Delhi, waiting to meet the Prime Minister.

BJP President Rajnath Singh visited Uttarakhand on June 20 while both Shinde and Modi are in the state on Saturday.

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