Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s silence over the massive traffic snarls and waterlogging in Gurgaon on Twitter on Thursday has not only irked commuters and residents but also led to a political blame game.
Khattar interacted with residents and commuters on Twitter as part of #ManoKeMukhSe on Thursday evening, which started later than scheduled, even as the traffic chaos unfolded on the water-logged roads of the Millenium City.
The chief minister did not reply to queries about the mayhem from residents and commuters, who shared their ordeal throughout the night.
In the only response to the question about Gurgaon’s traffic situation, Khattar blamed the Delhi government for “non-cooperation”.
“#ManoKeMukhSe NPR will decongest most of the gurugram traffic.. Why so weak political will to finish it. #DwarkaExpresswayBanao,” Sandeep Gupta, who tweeted as @Sanprasar, asked.
“Mr. @ArvindKejriwal should be asked this. Frustrated by non-cooperation by Delhi Govt,we have got it declared as NH,” Khattar replied.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was quick to respond, saying changing the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram will not bring about development. He tweeted that it was necessary to make plans and implement them.
“Glib talk won’t help in unclogging traffic jams,” he said.
गुड़गांव का नाम गुरुग्राम रखने से विकास नहीं होता। विकास के लिए योजनाएं बनाना और उनपर अमल करना ज़रूरी होता है। जुमलों से जाम नहीं खुलेगा।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 29, 2016
Congress leaders were also quick in bashing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the state for Thursday’s traffic jam.
Congress’ Haryana leader Kuldeep Bishnoi was among the first politicians to comment.
Now no one is responsible for anything, governance has become all about shifting of blames. People suffer!!! https://t.co/KX9iB3Iiai— Kuldeep Bishnoi (@bishnoikuldeep) July 29, 2016
In a series of tweets, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala also blamed the Khattar government for “destroying Gurgaon”.
“Complete breakdown of governance in Gurgaon has led to this situation. People slept in cars and left vehicles on roads and walked home. Never in the history of the country has the NCR ever seen such a mammoth and monster jam. This proves complete apathy and paralysis of governance and total indifferent of Khattar government to the Millennium City,” Surjewala told Hindustan Times.
He said things cannot be improved just by changing the name of a city but by improving its infrastructure.
The traffic situation also received a response from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
As BJP passes the buck,Gurgaon chokes.Wht an awful ordeal 4commuters esp ambulances tht may have been stuck for hrs!https://t.co/cBBIeBcWJL— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 29, 2016
An official at the chief minister’s office said Khattar answered a number of queries and some of them were related to Gurgaon.
The situation did not improve on Friday morning as repeated spells of rain coupled with knee-deep water on National Highway-8 added to the woes of thousands of stranded commuters. Gurgaon Police even asked Delhi residents to avoid the Millennium City.