Pune guardian minister in Delhi for seat sharing talks draws heavy downpour of criticism

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Updated on Sep 26, 2019 06:12 PM IST
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Pune Congress has criticized district guardian minister Chandrakant Patil being in Delhi on a day when Pune woke up to news on Thursday, that heavy rain claimed 13 lives overnight.

Patil, according to BJP leaders, is in Delhi for seat sharing talks ahead of the Assembly elections.

Patil did not respond to calls and text messages seeking his response on the Pune rain and criticism from the Congress.

Leader of the Opposition, Vijay Wadettiwar said that the government has been “insensitive” over the Pune rain and BJP leaders are ignoring the plight of people in the city.

“Seat sharing talks could have been held later. In this difficult hour for Pune, Chandrakant Patil as district guardian minister should have been with people here,” said Wadettiwar.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alleged that huge damage triggered by heavy rain exposed a poor response from the Maharashtra disaster management cell. NCP spokesperson Nawab Mail accused Fadnavis of being “busy” with the polls “in Delhi for seat sharing talks”.

Meanwhile, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the deaths during Pune downpour saying the state is providing all possible assistance needed.

“Two NDRF teams are deployed in Pune and two in Baramati, state government is also closely monitoring the dam discharge,” Fadnavis said in a series of tweets on Thursday morning.

“When we visited the rain affected areas, not even one official from the civic administration was present there. There was no one to listen to residents with a complete absence of arrangements about prevention of contagious diseases,” said Sanjay More, city unit chief of the Shiv Sena.

More alleged that when partymen visited areas like Katraj and Sahakarnagar, “natural springs were seen to be either destroyed or their course changed”.

“There should be an FIR lodged against whoever is responsible for this. After all, lives have been lost,” said More.

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