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Modi visits flood affected Uttarakhand

Dehradun, June 23 (): BJP campaign committee chairman for 2014 general elections Narendra Modi on Saturday met Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and had a long discussion on  the relief works in the areas that had been overwhelmed following  last week’s heavy downpour.

After conducting an airborne survey of the affected areas on Saturday, the Gujarat chief minister who left to Shantikunj at Haridwar was happy to see his many followers from Gujarat conducting relief works in the affected areas on Saturday and said that the help provided by the locals to pilgrims was praiseworthy.

Modi who arrived in Dehradun on Friday had discussion with the State Chief Minister about the relief operations in Uttarakhand as well as about the measures to step up rescue operations.

Meanwhile, in view of the massive floods in Uttarakhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the second time decided to postpone its agitation of ‘jail bharo’ which was scheduled from June 17 to 30. Earlier, the BJP postponed its ‘jail bharo’ agitation scheduled from May 27 to June 2, following a Maoist attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh.

Keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation, party president Rajnath Singh who visited the flood-affected areas insisted Home Minister P Chidambaram to declare Uttarakhand floods a national disaster.

Meanwhile, more than 73,000 people have so far been rescued from the flood and landslide-hit areas of Uttarakhand and efforts were intensified to help those stranded in different remote parts of the hill state.

The Army, which has been doing a commendable job in carrying out the rescue operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand rescued nearly 1000 people in the mountains between Gaurikund and Rambara in Kedarnath on Saturday.

In order to help the pilgrims reach their destinations, special trains have also been arranged and additional bogies have been added to existing trains, said sources.

The state government has also arranged control rooms in all districts which includes: State Emergency and Operation Centre – 0135-2710334, 9897890981, 9152443853; Dehradun – 0135-2726066, 9412964935, Rudraprayag – 01364-233727, 9412914875 and 8859504022 and Nainital – 05942-231179, 9456714092.