With Uttarakhand ravaged and devastated by the 'Himalayan Tsunami' and scores of people missing and feared dead, the Congress government that rules the state has come under heavy flak. The government machinery as been termed as being a 'mere spectator', offering very little in aid. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was reportedly heckled as he arrived to take stock of the situation.
According to some of the stranded pilgrims, no official is even seen at the site. "The government is doing nothing. There is no water even to drink. We are not provided with any kind of assistance."
The Chief Minister has come under severe flak for being given what citizens claim as "scanty response regarding information about their missing relatives." People have also gathered outside the chief minister's residence protesting against the government's alleged unsatisfactory response to the calamity in the state.
Reports of people clashing with police in Dehra Dun have come in, with relatives of people stranded resorting to blocking roads. "They claimed that they were being forced to spend huge sums of money to get their kin rescued. They shouted slogans as security personnel tried to disperse the crowd," said sources.