Last month Uttarakhand witnessed one of the biggest natural disaster in recent times. More than thousand lives have been reported to be dead and over 18,000 people have been airlifted by the Indian Army since June 17th, 2013. During this time of utmost grief and when people are still looking for their loved ones in the hope of some good news, we witness the two biggest political arch rivals of the country – the Congress and BJP trying to take political mileage from the Uttarakhand disaster.

Uttarakhand natural disaster

Reported by India Today, the blame game on Twitter was initially started by the Lok Sabha leader of BJP, Sushma Swaraj who tweeted on the inability of Utttrakhand Congress government in handling the crisis. The tweet was followed by another tweet that further stated to her more than 500K followers that Vijay Bahuguna the chief minister of Uttarakhand ought to be dismissed too.

I am sorry to say that the Government in Uttarakhand has not been able to rise to the occasion.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) July 1, 2013

They ought to be dismissed for being inept and incompetent.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) July 1, 2013

Definitely BJP has been one of the torch bearers on social media but of late the Congress have been investing in this game too. The tweets didn’t go down well and Manish Tewari, the Minister Of Information and Broadcasting replied to the tweets of Sushma. Not sure if the damage control worked as the minister chooses to protect his account on Twitter so we were not able to check his reply.

But according to India Today, Manish Tewari tweeted that neither of the Leaders of the Opposition in the two Houses of Parliament – Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley – have visited Uttarakhand, but have attacked the government for its ineptitude in rescue and relief operations.

These remarks were aptly replied by Sushma saying that the Indian Home Minister has given instructions to politicians that their visits are creating problems in relief work. The blame game was also joined by Ajay Maken, the new head of the Communications Department for the Congress who blamed BJP of trying to take credit for evacuating 15,000 people in a day.

@SushmaSwarajbjp Pyre of many Victims of this Natural Calamity still warm. First BJP tried to take credit of evacuating 15000 in a day!1/2

— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) July 1, 2013

This is not the first time that we are seeing political parties drawing mileage from such disasters. With center elections planned in 2014 this is nothing of a surprise. Previously these things used to happen on television; today we witness them also on Twitter. Earlier, we had seen the same Twitter war with hashtags like #feku and #pappu. Though these trends were dominated by supporters of the parties.

Some time later we got another glimpse when Congress supporter Amresh Misra was cursing and threatening BJP supporters regularly on Twitter. The kind of tweets and the language used by Amaresh was highly unacceptable with him being a scholar and also a face of the ruling party.

But the latest Twitter blame game leaves all previous ones behind, as the politics is being played on the Uttarakhand natural disaster. With the elections drawing closer these things will occur more often on Twitter but this one is a really shameful act from our elected politicians from both parties.

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