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Hours after opposition mock Modi over tunnel rescue mission, locals hail him

The opposition Indian National Congress posted a cartoon earlier in the day showing Modi standing in front of the tunnel holding a green flag with the caption written in Hindi, “Install some cameras and then get darshan of Saheb”.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (L) and Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami embraces one of the 41 workers who were trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in the state’s Uttarkashi after the rescue operation concluded successfully on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. (ANI Photos)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi, who saluted the 41 workers who remained trapped behind a collapsed under-construction tunnel in the northern state of Uttarakhand for 17 days before their rescue on Tuesday (28) and those who worked round the clock to ensure their safety, found himself in the middle of a controversy related to the incident.

The opposition Indian National Congress posted a cartoon earlier in the day showing Modi standing in front of the tunnel holding a green flag with the caption written in Hindi, “Install some cameras and then get darshan of Saheb”.

The opposition often mock the prime minister alleging that he is more interested in photo-op and the cartoon was another example of the mockery. By “Saheb” the party meant Modi.

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However, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out at the opposition party with its national general secretary Dushyant Kumar Gautam saying when the entire nation was praying for the well-being of 41 trapped workers, the opposition party was busy insulting the leader.

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Locals hail Modi, local deity

However, that the opposition party’s dig found little support among people became clear when residents of nearby areas were seen shouting slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (Hail Mother India) and ‘Modi Hain To Mumkin Hain’ (Everything possible with Modi around) in acknowledgement of the multi-agency rescue operation that successfully brought out the trapped workers.

The local people also sang in praise of local deity ‘Baba Baukhnag’ and expressed their gratitude to him. The priest of a temporary temple of Baba Baukhnag, which was set up at the tunnel site, arrived and offered prayers. “It is happening because of the blessings of Baba Baukhnag,” priest Ram Narayan Awasthi told the Press Trust of India.

Manoj Silwal, a farmer and resident of village Nangal, said he had been coming here everyday to hear the good news that finally came on Tuesday. “I wanted to see the workers coming out,” said Silwal.

C Rajesh Bijalwan, an advocate by profession and resident of village Brahmkhal, said, “I want to salute the rescue team. With their continuous and critical operations, the workers are saved,” Bijalwan said.

(With PTI inputs)

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