BMC’s oppn leader Devendra Amberkar points fingers at the BJP-led state govt for causing embarrassment to the state and the country

Mumbai : The political blame game over the fire at Make in India’s event at Chowpatty kick-started at the civic body on Tuesday. Both Shiv Sena and BJP have drawn swords against the opposition’s accusations. BMC’s opposition leader Devendra Amberkar pointed fingers at the BJP-led state government for causing embarrassment to the state and to the country at the Make in India event. He said the government was expected to be more cautious while hosting an event of this magnitude.

Calling the fire “ironic”, Amberkar said, “It is the BJP government that flouted fire safety norms, not the organisers. The ‘Maharashtra Rajni’ stage displaying Maharashtra’s culture at the iconic Make in India week caught fire- such is the irony. It is a disgrace to us all.”  The Girgaum fire has ‘shamed’ India as well. At an event of this magnitude, the government should organise tighter security and the BJP-Shiv Sena led state government ‘failed at its job’, Amberkar said.

Amberkar also said that the BJP had approached the Supreme Court (SC) for permission to set up the Maharashtra Rajni stage performance at the chowpatty, and then clearly flouted the rules and regulations laid down by the SC. Amberkar said the event was global, a trademark of India’s Make in India venture. “We have let the country down internationally.

Meanwhile, the Fire Brigade has not been able to pin-point the cause of the fire yet. Sources from the fire brigade have indicated that its cause may have been sparks shooting out of on-stage cold pyro fittings, that caught a loose hanging cloth. Fire crackers that the organizers, Wizcraft, intended to burst at the valedictory ceremony were collected unused from the spot after the fire. They did not catch fire, and they were never used, sources said.

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