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Fri, 24 May 2019

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BJP’s Sanju Verma on Mumbai bridge collapse: “It’s not the government’s responsibility. It is a natural calamity.”

BJP’s Sanju Verma on Mumbai bridge collapse: “It’s not the government’s responsibility. It is a natural calamity.”
March 15
15:44 2019

NET Bureau

Yet another tragedy and yet another politician creating controversy with inventiveness and illogical comments to defend the government for its negligence.

This time it’s Sanju Verma of the Bharatiya Janata Party who proclaimed on a  news talk-show on Thursday that the foot over-bridge collapse in Mumbai that killed at least six people was a ‘natural disaster’.

Within hours of the tragic accident that took place at 7.30 pm leaving at least 40 people injured, the political and administrative blame-game begun. Mumbai’s Shiv Sena ruled civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Railways ministry blamed each other for the failure while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that whoever cleared the bridge as safe for use during its audit must be held responsible for the failure.

And Sanju Verma, one of BJP’s Mumbai spokesperson, has simply decided to blame the pedestrians and bad luck.

“It’s not the government’s responsibility. It is a natural calamity,” she said on a panel during a particularly intense screaming match. Though the host tried to reason with her, Verma would not deter from her stand and went on to say that excessive pedestrians walking on the foot-bridge caused it to collapse.

Her crass and insensitive comments have come under fire on social media. Some called her behaviour arrogant while others said it was entitlement on her part.

But is it really surprising?

This is not the first time a politician has made unpalatable comments in times of distress or tragedy either to shirk responsibility or accountability or to milk political benefits and voter sympathy. It is hardly surprising that emerging spokespersons such as Sanju Verma would resort to a rigid defence of the government, even in the face of a loss of innocent lives.

A certain controversy regarding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath comes to mind from 2018 when he went to meet the bereaved and agitating families of the 13 children in Kusinagar who had died in a car-crash due to the driver’s alleged negligence. The saffron-clad CM had faced a lot of flak, especially on social media after he allegedly asked the agitating kin to ‘stop doing drama’ upon meeting them.

Source: News18

The north-end foot over bridge at Mumbai’s CSMT crashed on T

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The north-end foot over bridge at Mumbai’s CSMT crashed on T

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https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/twitter-outrage-against-bjp-spokesperson-sanju-vermas-comments/articleshow/68421301.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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