Vandiperiyar, Jan 19 (Agencies): Alleging that lapses on the part of Kerala government were mainly responsible for the stampade which killed 102 Ayyappa pilgrims on Friday last, Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that BJP would raise the issue in Parliament.
Visiting the stampade spot Pullumedu and nearby Kumili town she told reproters that this tragedy could have been avoided if the government and other concerned agencies did not neglect the report of 1999 tragedy at Pampa.
The recommendations of the judicial commission that probed the 1999 stampede which claimed 52 lives at Pamapa had made several significant recommendations to improve the safety control of the pilgrimage but these had been put on the cold storage,she said.

Swaraj said what required now was not mere investigation and inquiry but concerete steps to avoid such mishaps in future.

She also said her party would actively support the demand for declaration of Sabarimala as a National Pilgrime Centre which would ensure the Union Government's involvement in developing facilities for the hill shrine.