A special bench of Madhya Pradesh high court, comprising justices A K Shrivastava and BD Rathi, has expressed concern while hearing public interest litigation on rescue operation in the aftermath of Uttarakhand floods.
Terming the incident as national disaster, the court said all the states, including Madhya Pradesh, are duty- bound to carry out relief work on priority basis. Besides, the court expressed displeasure over noncompliance of progress report, including measures being taken by the state government.
The court had directed the state government to extend all kind of support including helicopter, medical support, transportation etc to help the victims.
Advocate KL Tiwari, who filed the PIL, said the additional advocate general MPS Raghuvanshi and deputy advocate general Vivek Khedkar failed to submit compliance report on measures listing the relief works and number of persons being rescued and sent to their destination safely by agencies of the MP government.
The court has allowed time and fixed June 26 as the next date for hearing. All the state governments of the country, Centre, National Disaster Management Authority have been made party in the PIL.
BJP state president Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre is trying to cash in on the Uttarakhand tragedy and this is shameful for humanity. He said thousands of people have lost their lives in the natural disaster and several thousands have been stranded.
The Congress government, in spite of helping the stranded, is trying to take political advantage through relief operations. The Central government is flagging off relief vehicles through celebration and is trying to take credit for it, Tomar said.
This has raised question on the sensitivity of Congress-led UPA government, he said. The Congress is also trying to galvanise the image of Rahul Gandhi in the election year by taking advantage of such natural disasters, he said. Tomar said the Congress has no right to play vote politics on such a natural calamity.
BJP senior leader Anil Dave on Monday expressed resentment over the laxity of Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on the natural disaster. Bahuguna’s government has adopted a neutral attitude.
Dave compared Bahuguna to former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh. Even though it has ample natural resources, Singh’s policies had damaged the financial condition of MP, he said. Similarly, Bahuguna, because of his wrong policies and working system, is taking Uttarakhand on a downward path.