The Mumbai fire tragedy found a mention in both Houses of Parliament on Friday.
In Rajya Sabha, during Zero Hour, Congress MP from Maharashtra Rajani Patil raised the issue. She wanted to know if the Mumbai Corporation undertakes any security checks before granting licences to pubs, eateries, and restaurants, while Husain Dalwai demanded a full probe into the fire incident. He claimed that fire extinguishers in the pubs located in Kamla Mills compound, where the tragedy took place, were not working.
While in the Lok Sabha, BJP MP from Mumbai North East Kirit Somaiya also raised the issue. Claiming that the complex had been constructed by flouting norms, he went on to say that Mumbai witnessed many such tragedies this year. Joining him, Arvind Sawant, the South Mumbai MP, too raised the issue.
The incident has now taken a political turn with the Congress blaming the ruling BJP for not ensuring that fire safety norms in the premises were met.
The BJP is in power both in the Maharashtra government and the state government. The Maharashtra Congress has also demanded a CBI probe into the alleged corrupt practices and functioning of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi for the first time tweeted in Marathi expressing condolences. He tweeted “I share the grief of the families of the victims. There should an immediate probe into the incident and the guilty should be punished sternly”