Mumbai Bridge Collapse: BJP calls it ‘natural calamity’, blames people for traveling on the bridge

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

 

At least six people have been killed and dozens injured after a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai’s CST station last evening.

The bridge collapsed at 7.30pm local time as commuters were entering Chhatrapati Shivaji station. According to media sources, more than 30 people have been injured.

Images from the scene show rescue workers attempting to move the rubble and treating injured passers-by.

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While citizens were doing their best to help each other and comfort the injured, a highly insensitive comment came from Ms. Sanju Verma, a spokeswoman for governing party BJP, calling the incident a “natural calamity.”

 

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In an interview with Times Now, Verma denied that a “governance deficit” was behind the accident, instead saying that

“A large part of the blame, for want of a better word, was on pedestrians”.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said he was “deeply anguished by the loss of lives”.


However, social media was abuzz how Modi had mocked a bridge collapse in West Bengal calling it a message from God to save Bengal from the rule of Mamta Banerjee.

 

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The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said he was “pained” to hear about the incident. He has ordered a high-level inquiry and announced compensation to the families of those killed. He added that the injured will also be given compensation and all of their medical costs would be covered.

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Andheri Bridge Collapse – 2018

This is the 3rd bridge collapse in Mumbai in past two years :

  • September 2017 Elphinstone Bridge Stampede
  • July 2018 – Andheri Bridge Collapse

The opposition in Mumbai slammed BJP for not taking the responsibility but instead, blaming the people who work tirelessly and pay their taxes. They also attributed this incident to ‘murder’ and not an accident.

 

 

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