Andhra Pradesh stampede: PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi condole loss of lives at Pushkaralu festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the  stampede on the banks of River Godavari in Andhra Pradesh on the first day of Pushkaralu festival.

 Andhra Pradesh stampede: PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi condole loss of lives at Pushkaralu festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters

Modi said he spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and discussed the situation with him.

The incident occurred when a large number of people were moving forward to take a holy dip in the river, said Kulasekhar, dy SP East Godavari district.

The Pushkaralu festival, which is observed once in 12 years, this time is considered auspicious from astronomical point of view as it is Maha Pushkaralu which comes once in 144 years.

The Prime Minister tweeted this on Tuesday-

Rahul Gandhi too offered his condolences on Twitter-

Updated Date: Jul 14, 2015 12:44:32 IST