Dehradun, September 4
The boycott by the BJP of all party meeting called by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to discuss the issue of disaster relief and holding of cabinet meeting at Garsain has infuriated the CM. He has vowed never to call BJP leaders for discussion on disaster relief.
Bahuguna had called an all party meeting to arrive at a consensus on the issues of disaster relief on Monday. All political parties were invited for deliberations. However, the BJP decided to boycott the meeting. A meeting of the senior BJP leaders held at the BJP headquarters here yesterday decided to boycott the meeting.
In the wake of the BJP’s decision, the Chief Minister decided to cancel the meeting. Talking to mediapersons, Bahuguna said, “It was really unfortunate that the main opposition, BJP, decided to boycott the important meeting on disaster relief. I wanted to take everyone along on such an important issue but the BJP decided to play politics. They have been indulging in negative politics both at the state as well as Central level. I will never call them again on the issue of disaster management,” he said.
On the other hand, BJP leaders criticised the CM’s outburst. Leader of the Opposition Ajay Bhatt said the BJP had demanded a special session of the state assembly as the state government had utterly failed to manage natural disasters in the state. “After being pressurised, the Chief Minister had called an all party meeting which has no meaning. So we decided to boycott it,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has demanded a white paper on disaster management in the state. He charged that a large population in the hills had been suffering on account of natural disasters for the past one month but the state government had failed to provide succour to them. He said the state government should come out with a white paper on disaster management.
Reacting to the BJP boycott, state Congress vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana said the BJP’s decision was totally uncalled for and unfortunate. He said the main opposition should rise above petty politics and help the state administration in arriving at a consensus on such an important issue.

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