Tuesday, 16 July 2013

State BJP organizes Prayer meet for the deceased and missing pilgrims in Uttarakhand

  • State BJP President Shri Vijay Goel hands over more than Rs 45 lakhs in relief donations to Smt Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition (Lok Sabha)
  • Smt Suushma Swaraj flays centre’s and Uttarakhand state government’s efforts in effectively tackling disaster aftermath

New Delhi, July 16: The Delhi State Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today held a prayer meeting to remember and honor the memory of the thousands of dead and missing pilgrims due to severe calamity that struck Uttarakhand more than a month back. On this occasion, the Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha, Smt Sushama Swaraj, and the President of the State unit of BJP, Shri Vijay Goel were present and addressed the meet. A sum of Rs 45,59,213 was handed over by Shri Goel to Smt. Sushama Swaraj. Prayers were offered for the safe return of those still missing and for eternal peace of the soul of those who had left us forever. The prayer meet was presided by the globally renowned Sant Shri Dr. Vallabh Joshi and he was accompanied by the redoubtable Bhajan singer, Jitendra.

Smt Sushama Swaraj said, “The Uttarakhand tragedy has left many families in despair and broken. My deepest sympathies and condolences are with these families always.’ She further added, “Even a month post the tragedy, the state and the central government have not been able to even arrive at the correct figure of those dead and missing. The government has completely failed in anticipating and managing this disaster at all levels. The government at the centre has not taken any efforts to determine the fate of the affected families.” She praised the Army men for saving lakhs and paid tributes to the 20 Airmen who sacrificed their lives.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vijay Goel Said, “I have spoken to the Delhi Chief Minister many times time in this context but she has ignored my submissions. My party then tried to reach the affected Delhi families through advertisements and announcements in the media and this has resulted in our getting hold of over 400 names. We have submitted this list to the concerned authorities. 

He further added, “Each of MLA has donated a sum of Rs 10 lakhs from their assigned fund and this sum would also be added to the other efforts already underway to mobilze aid and assistance for the affected families.”

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