U'khand flood: BJP postpones all-India 'jail bharo' agitation

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 22 June 2013, 06:23 PM

In view of the disaster in Uttarakhand that left a trail of death and devastation in the hill state, BJP has again postponed its proposed nationwide 'Jail Bharo Andolan'.

The party had earlier postponed its 'Jail Bharo' agitation against UPA's "corrupt practices", which was proposed to be undertaken between May 27-June 2, to June 17- June 30 in the wake of Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh in which many Congressmen were killed.

BJP president Rajnath Singh said he has directed partymen across the country to concentrate on relief of the flood victims in Uttarakhand instead of focusing on the agitation, which was to take place between June 17 and June 30.

Singh, who visited the flood-affected areas yesterday, again appealed to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to rethink on the government's decision of not declaring the calamity in the state as a national tragedy.

Considering the loss to life and property caused by the floods, he said the BJP considered it a national disaster and has thus asked all its units across the country to contribute for flood relief and rehabilitation.

He has directed all partymen to ensure that the relief material collected from across the country reaches the affected persons in the disaster-struck state.

Singh said the party will also set up a disaster relief fund for all contributions coming in from people and appealed to people to donate to it or directly to the Uttarakhand government.

First Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 06:22 PM
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