Dehradun, September 14
Political parties and organisations have expressed shock and grief over the Ukhimath cloudburst seeking prompt relief and rescue operations.
While the ruling Congress has expressed shock over the incident, the opposition BJP has rushed its team to Ukhimath for assessing the damage, another political party, the Uttarakhand Janmanch, has sought the suspension of the Tehri parliamentary election.
Uttrakhand Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has expressed shock over the Ukhimath cloudburst incident. Maharaj asked the Rudraprayag district administration to take the assistance of helicopters from private companies for swift conduct of relief operations.
He said as roads in the Ukhimath area had been completely destroyed, helicopters services were the only option left to evacuate the victims. Satpal Maharaj even talked to the Rudraprayag district authorities on the phone for providing immediate medicines and food to the affected people.
On the other hand, a team of senior BJP leaders in Uttarakhand led by their state president Bishan Singh Chufal left for Ukhimath from the state capital this afternoon.
Senior Uttarakhand BJP leader and leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Bhatt, former ministers Mohan Singh Rawat and Khazan Das and former Kedarnath MLA Asha Nautiyal were part of the BJP team. Chufal said the team would stay in Ukhimath for four days and assess the damage besides meeting the victims.
Uttarakhand’s former Chief Minister BC Khanduri too has expressed grief over the loss of human lives in Ukhimath. Khanduri has asked the state government to ascertain the number of deaths in the incident and provide immediate relief to the affected. He also asked for prompt distribution of medicines and food packets to the affected villages.
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Janmanch has sought the suspension of the Tehri Parliamentary bypoll from the Union Election Commission. Uttarakhand Janmanch general secretary Rajan Todariya said the entire Garhwal hills were facing the wrath of the rains with the Ukhimath cloudburst was the latest of such rain-linked mishaps.
“Under such circumstances, there was no point in the conduct of the Tehri byelection”, Todariya pointed out. He said the government machinery needed to work on relief rather than go for elections.

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