She said that there was a wave in favour of Narendra Modi across the country and her party will sweep all the five Lok Sabha seats of Uttarakhand in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. (Agencies)
"In 1998, in undivided Uttar Pradesh, when there was a wave in favour of Atal Ji we won all Lok Sabha seats from this region and this time we are going to repeat the feat," Bharti, who is the party's poll committee chief for Uttarakhand, told reporters in Dehradun.
Noting that changing the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand just a couple of months before the Lok Sabha polls is not going to be electorally beneficial for Congress, she said that Harish Rawat cannot escape his responsibility of the ‘criminal negligence’ which led to such large scale damage in the wake of 2013 flash floods.
"The calamity was natural and inevitable but what followed could have been prevented. Harish Rawat who was also part of the ministerial committee constituted by the Centre for Uttarakhand will have to partake of the responsibility for the criminal negligence which led to such huge losses in terms of lives and property in affected areas," Bharti said.
Referring to her tours in the calamity hit areas, she claimed resentment prevails among people because life is yet to get back to normal.
"Distributing food packets is not relief. People must get back on their feet which are one area where the state government as well as the Centre has failed," she alleged.
She said that there was a wave in favour of Narendra Modi across the country and her party will sweep all the five Lok Sabha seats of Uttarakhand in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.