Dehradun, July 26
Rejecting a commission of inquiry into the reasons behind the loss of human lives in the last month’s natural disaster in Uttarakhand, BJP leader Uma Bharti today held Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and the district administration guilty for accentuating an accident brought by the nature into a tragedy of manifold proportions.

“If the failings have to be examined in the light of learning lessons and there exists a provision for punishing the guilty then the Chief Minister, as the head of the state, and the District Magistrate, as the head of the district, have to be held responsible for their acts of omission and commission,” said Uma Bharti, during a joint press conference held with BJP senior leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and BS Koshiyari today.
She said there was no need for a commission of inquiry into the incident as the reports by the media and the people were sufficient and vivid. “I was in Sinola village in Chamoli two days ago, when the recent incident of cloudburst occurred. The government did not seem to have learnt any lessons. There was no official in sight who could provide relief to the people. Only locals were helping each other. The Chief Minister could have kept himself abreast of the situation prevailing on the ground. All major rivers were in spate, yet the pilgrims were allowed to move towards Kedarnath. This way there would have been zero loss of life if the Chief Minister was sensitive enough to keep himself abreast of the ground situation and prevented the people from moving. In my view it is a crime,” said Uma Bharti
Shahnawz Hussain said the CM should have a sense of responsibility. “The former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had resigned taking responsibility for the railway accident several years ago. If the people were given prior information, several lives would have been saved,” he said. 

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