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‘Congress does not Politicise calamity’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, June 27, 2013
First Published: 11:49 IST(27/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:56 IST(27/6/2013)

Pradesh Congress Committee’s ( PCC) extended meeting scheduled for Wednesday was postponed after paying tributes to former PCC chief Subhash Yadav and  hundreds of people killed in Kedarnath disaster in Uttarakhand.

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All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary incharge of party affairs for MP Mohan Prakash was supposed to apprise himself of party’s preparedness for December state assembly election through the meeting but in changed circumstances, it was reduced to an informal interaction, more of an introductory nature.

Along with Mohan Prakash, AICC officebearers Meenakshi Natrajan, Priya Dutt, Sanjay Nirupam and Rajeev Kala had also come to attend the meeting which would now be convened at a later date. He said that coordination committee of the party for MP comprising all the top leaders of the state would be meeting on June 28.

Addressing the PCC delegates, who had turned up to attend the meeting from all over the state, Prakash paid tributes to Subhash Yadav and hundreds of people killed in Uttrakhand disaster and said that they would be required to come to Bhopal again for the meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday but had to be postponed.

Referring to Kedarnath disaster, he said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have always been the first to reach any calamity-hit place and it happened in Uttarakhand also.

Taking a dig at the BJP, he said that those, who have no qualms doing politics over corpses might to do it but Congress was concerned about rescue and relief for the stranded pilgrims and then reconstruction of Uttrakhand which would take decades.

He said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was also going to every nook and corner of the affected areas in Uttrakhand without any fanfare and on Tuesday, he used a motorbike to reach a relief camp.

Congress government in Uttrakhand was also doing a good job in providing relief to stranded pilgrims and evacuating them, he said.

Informally talking to media persons after the condolence meeting, Prakash denied that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was ever stopped from going to Uttrakhand and he was lying on that count.

Priya Dutt, who is secretary in the newly-constituted media cell of the AICC, addressed the state spokespersons before the news of Subhash Yadav’s demise broke but after the condolence meeting, she was escorted to party’s chief spokesperson in the state Mukesh Nayak’s cabin by some party leaders as she appeared to be avoiding media and the crowd of party leaders who surged towards the dais at the end of the meeting.


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