Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims the presence of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Kumbh triggered a stampede in which thousands of people were killed. He blamed the media for not reporting the mass deaths. "People of UP, you will be shocked to hear this story. When Pandit Nehru came to attend Kumbh, because of ill-management, there was a stampede. Thousands of people died. But to save government's dignity, to ensure that Nehru doesn't face the blame, the media of that era could not gather the courage to tell this story.