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Madhya Pradesh government is responsible for stampede, says Congress
The horrific stampede that took place in MP's Datia district resulted in the death of around 115 pilgrims and several got injured.

 Some pilgrims have said that the stampede happened after the police used batons to regulate the crowd, which is estimated to be around 2.5 lakhs. Out of panic, many people jumped into the Sindh river to escape the stampede.

The survivors of the stampede said that, it took almost three to four hours to get the help.  The main opposition party in Madhya Pradesh, Congress, is blaming the state government for the 'mismanagement' at the Ratangarh temple, and demanded the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to step down.

Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi slammed the MP government and said that negligence by the administration and police led to the tragedy.

?It's a very unfortunate incident, and I express my grief and condolences on this unfortunate incident. This was also happened in Shivpuri when waters from dam were let out without notice, and about 50 people were died. Their was a judicial inquiry ordered by the state government and till today their is no report given to the state assembly," said Chaturvedi. 

He asked for the explanation from the government and said, ?Government is fully accountable for such incidents, and this incident is not something which is a natural disaster. These festivals take place every year and lakhs of people go there. This is known, and when this is known, why weren't their proper police and administrative arrangement in place.?

On the same lines, Digvijay Singh, General Secretary, Congress on Monday alleged that appointment of officers in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh was done through giving and taking bribes, that was ultimately responsible for the Datia temple stampede. 

?The person who gives bribe to become an officer, will definitely take bribe in return, and exactly the same thing was being done there. The police were taking bribe from the pilgrims to go to the temple, and this was the reason behind the congestion and road block at the bridge, which resulted in lathi charge and stampede," said Singh. 

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