New Delhi, June 24: Congress suddenly changed its rule and statement when it comes on its leader Rahul Gandhi's visit to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. The party leaders, who earlier had slammed Narendra Modi accusing him of creating trouble for rescue team, did not oppose Rahul's visit to the state on Monday, June 24.
Rahul, who was abroad and made his first public appearance ever since the flood ravaged Uttarakhand, visited the hill state. Earlier Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too had visited the region.
The Congress, however, did not leave a chance to criticise Gujarat CM who reportedly had helped 15,000 stranded people to reach to a safe place. Modi along with his team reportedly ensured the evacuation of the Gujarati people who were struck in the flood-hit state.
Taking a dig at Modi's visit to Uttarakhand, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had tweeted, "the VIPs should allow the administration to do their job in Uttarakhand instead of disturbing them with photo opportunity and doing politics."
"Modi is taking credit for people already evacuated by the administration and the troops," Singh added while writing on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Other Congress leader said that Modi's visit "a 'Rambo act' that reflected the rank opportunism and the sheer desperation to try and politicise and even milk tragedy for political gains."
Meanwhile, BJP leaders hit back at Congress while questioning about Rahul's recent absence during the crisi. BJP leader was quoted as saying, "All those who say that Narendra Modi should go back should search their souls. If Rahul Gandhi is needed and he is in a foreign country then let him be there."
Disaster Management minister Yashpal Arya was quoted as saying, "At least 5,000 people must have been killed in the deluge that inflicted heavy damage on vast tracts of land especially in Kedarnath valley."
The official death toll till Sunday was put at 680 while Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the death toll is likely to be around 1,000.