BJP spokesperson Sanju Verma’s remarks to the Times Now news channel sparked another wave of fury on Twitter. Speaking to journalist Navika Kumar, Verma described the incident as a “natural calamity” rather than an instance of governance deficit and said that “a large part of the blame was on pedestrians”.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 14, 2019
She said, “I would not agree to the fact that there is a governance deficit. Could this have been avoided. Perhaps yes.” When reminded about the existing gap in the bridge posing danger to people’s safety, Verma responded with a shocking reply, “I have been closely monitoring this and as you rightly pointed out, there have been two major bridge collapses in Mumbai Elphinstone one and the Gokhale Bridge in July 2018. I know you will not agree with this but the fact remains in both the cases a large part of the blame, for want of a better word, was on pedestrians who did not pay heed to the fact that there was a work in progress.”
Her comment did not go well with people & Indians criticised her brutally on Twitter
As expected, her comments left both the anchor of the show and fellow guests in utter shock. But the controversial spokesperson, known for making factually inaccurate and objectionable comments on LIVE TV, did not stop here. She went on to call the Thursday’s collapse of Mumbai’s bridge a ‘natural calamity.’
Here are some worst reactions on her comment
Being insensitive seems to have been a trait mastered by BJP spokespersons. What a terrible comment to make. Especially by someone who rarely uses pedestrian bridges in the city.
— Subhash Pais (@Subhash_ati9) March 15, 2019
Someone please ask BJP spokesperson @Sanju_Verma_ to shut up on @TimesNow She is blaming pedestrians and common citizens for collapse of the bridge in Mumbai. Truly shameless comments. Anchor @navikakumar shut off her mike but she continues her obscene rant.
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) March 14, 2019
The more crassness spokespersons like @Sanju_Verma_ show about this horrific tragedy, the more the BJP will alienate the citizens of Mumbai. This bridge collapse has shocked the city, but more shocking is the buck passing and this kind of shamelessness of the ruling establishment https://t.co/CZSzKWRJRS
— Sidharth Bhatia (@bombaywallah) March 14, 2019
Third pedestrian bridge collapses in a matter of 2 yrs but @Sanju_Verma_ blames it on pedestrians as though BJP Central and State govts have the luxury to be apathetic to the state of disrepair of the said bridges#MumbaiBridgeCollapse#ModiHaiToMumkinHaihttps://t.co/8cxa03yueo
— Truth Seeker (@anupamdeb775) March 14, 2019
So 5 people died in today’s #MumbaiBridgeCollapse.
BJP spokesperson calls it a “natural calamity”
Look at the photo, does it look like a natural calamity from any angle?
But be glad that they did not blame Nehru for this yet. pic.twitter.com/iq9FufoW1S
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) March 14, 2019
Mumbai has witnessed one of the worst accidents ever. At least 6 people, including two women, have been killed and over 30 are injured as a footover bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on 14 march 2019’s evening.
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