In the BJP parliamentary party meeting held on Tuesday, Aug 10, senior party leader, LK Advani suggested all the MPs to donate Rs 10,000 from their salary for providing relief to victims of Leh cloudbursts which triggered off massive floods last week.
"In the BJP parliamentary party meeting today, Advani suggested that all MPs should give Rs10,000 from their salary to Sangh Parivar's Sewa Bharti which is active in providing relief to the people affected by flash floods in Leh," deputy leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia informed, adding that the money will be collected by the party and sent to Sewa Bharti soon.
Besides this, the BJP parliamentary party chief LK Advani also suggested the diversion of MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) funds for rehabilitation and rebuilding of the Himalayan town.
"We will take up this issue through Lok Sabha speaker and Rajya Sabha chairman in both Houses of Parliament for diverting funds of members for Leh flash floods," Ahluwalia said.
This is not the first time BJP has mooted the diversion of MPLAD. In the past, the saffron party had contributed in a similar way to the relief of Bhuj earthquake, 2004 Tsunami and Bihar Kosi floods.
Party MPs were also asked by the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, to contribute stitched clothes, utensils and other necessary items.