On Thursday, when a footbridge collapsed at the CSMT railway station in Mumbai, several Mubaikars expressed their frustration and anger towards the current infrastructure which had failed to provide for basic maintenance.
The overall incumbency of the government and the BMC, the structural audits and the failure to ensure basic safety drew a lot of flak as several people lashed out on Twitter.
In fact, the collapse had far reaching effects as well since politicians from all over the country opened up a debate on the capabilities of the government in power and raised questions.
However, BJP Mumbai’s Sanju Verma, a chief spokesperson for the country, shocked audiences when she appeared for a debate on a leading news channel.
She called the bridge collapse a natural calamity, and shirked any responsibility on part of the government. Furthermore, she went on to comment that the pedestrians and the localities were at fault for the collapse.
This is downright outrageous, and simply sprinkles salt on the wounds of the affected and bereaved families. Netizens lashed out at her and completely tore her apart on Twitter:
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
THIS is what happens when you don't question your leadership.
(Any party, anywhere in the world)
It leads to this level of asinine arrogance. Even as people die @Sanju_Verma_ of the BJP says it's the people who are at fault 🙏
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) March 14, 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
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) March 14, 2019
How can you be so insensitive, these are fellow Indians who have died due to poor infrastructure maintenance. People who take this lightly and make stupid statements should be given free medical treatment.
— CandyMan (@CandyManSaga) March 15, 2019
Sanju verma, a BJP spokesperson has already blamed the common man for this. Shameful https://t.co/O5hikBk8Zv
— Abhisar Sharma (@abhisar_sharma) March 15, 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
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