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SHILLONG | Dec 26, 2018:
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having his pictures taken while inaugurating the Bogibeel railroad bridge in Assam instead of helping the 15 miners trapped in a 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district.
In his tweet, Rijiju wrote "No politics on tragedy please Rahul Gandhi ji."
" We have been helping the State Govt with all possible means. But the unsafe illegal miniing activities were due to the negligence of the previous Congress govt," wrote Rijiju.
The union minister's tweet came hours after AICC President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi for posing for photographs while 15 miners are "gasping" for air in a rat hole mine in Meghalaya.
In his tweet, Gandhi slammed Modi for not "offering necessary help to rescue the trapped miners."
15 miners have been struggling for air in a flooded coal mine for two weeks.
Meanwhile, PM struts about on Bogibeel Bridge posing for cameras.
His government refuses to organise high pressure pumps for the rescue.
PM please save the miners. https://t.co/STZS62vTp4
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 26, 2018
The miners have been trapped in the flooded coal pit in East Jaintia Hills district since December 13. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been struggling to rescue them but the surging water level inside the 370-feet pit has been hampering the rescue efforts.
The NDRF has used a sonar system and an underwater camera to detect the trapped miners. However, the system failed to locate any of those trapped in the main well due to poor visibility.