New Delhi, June 26: Amid war of words between Congress and BJP over reports that Narendra Modi had rescued 15,000 Gujaratis from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, BJP chief Rajnath Singh today said the Gujarat Chief Minister never gave such a statement.
"Modi went to Uttarakhand to express his sympathies and it is being said that he evacuated 15,000 Gujaratis from there. I talked to him and he said that he never gave any such statement," Mr Singh said in Lucknow.
"How it is being publicised is beyond understanding," said the BJP chief, who is on a two-day visit to the state. He said that he had appealed to party workers to refrain from making statements to politicise the disaster.
"I have asked them that there is no need to be aggressive even if leader of any other political party make any statement," he said. "BJP workers are sensitive and consider expressing sympathies and extending helping hand as their religion," Mr Singh said.
Congress had attacked Modi saying he was trying to be a "Rambo" following reports that the Gujarat Chief Minister had helped in evacuating 15,000 Gujaratis who were stuck in Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile the BJP also announced a financial assistance of Rs. five lakh each to the kin of those killed in the helicopter crash in Uttarakhand yesterday.
BJP chief dispatched relief material and financial assistance of Rs. 56 lakh for Uttarakhand victims on behalf of party's Uttar Pradesh unit. He said he had appealed to all party MPs and MLAs to donate at least their one month's salary.
He said a calamity relief fund has also been set up at the central level of the party in which donation would be deposited.
"Whatever amount is received and whatever is spend will be made public," Mr Singh said.