Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot
Rahul Gandhi (C) and Sachin Pilot (L) listen to an unseen speaker at a rally in Ajmer on May 4, 2009, during campaigning ahead of the fourth of five phases in the national elections.  FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not offering the necessary help to rescue a group of miners trapped in a Meghalaya coal mine for the past two weeks.

"Fifteen miners have been struggling for air in a flooded coal mine for two weeks. Meanwhile, PM struts about on Bogibeel Bridge posing for cameras," Gandhi tweeted.

"His government refuses to organise high-pressure pumps for the rescue," Gandhi said, asking the "PM please save the miners."

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.

The incident gains significance, especially after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on "rat-hole" coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.