Flood hit Assam frowns as Modi gives extra attention to Gujarat
Flood situation is grim in several states across the country this year, causing massive damage to life and property. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in his home state Gujarat and the announced of Rs 500 crore aid on Tuesday, Assam state where floods wreaked havoc in 29 of the state's 32 districts is left to apathy.
This has not gone too well with Assam and many on social media have vented ire, accusing the Centre for ignoring Assam.
PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of two flood-ravaged districts in Gujarat, a seven-member central team led by Union home ministry joint secretary VS Sekhar arrived in Guwahati to assess the situation.
Around 29,242 people are bearing the brunt of floods in 157 villages across 10 districts of Assam state, where floods wreaked havoc has claimed 77 lives till date. The state government has estimated that the total damage caused by the recent floods is nearly Rs 2,939 crore.
While Modi announced Rs 500 crore as relief to Gujarat, no such relief package has been announced to Assam.
The social media has come out strongly against PM Modi's double standards for the flood affected areas.
Nearly 1.32 lakh people were displaced by the floods and had to seek shelter in 363 relief camps. Over 15,700 flood affected people were evacuated by rescue teams in 21 districts, reports Hindustan Times.
On Monday, the overall flood situation in Assam improved considerably with rivers Brahmaputra, Barak and their tributaries showing a receding trend.
While the state government claims adequate relief was provided to all flood affected, there are accusations of laxity in rescue and relief efforts. Ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government were heckled by affected residents at several places for their late response.
The so-called step-motherly attitude of Centre towards Assam has given fodder to opposition parties in the state as well.
"Assam floods claimed 76 lives, Narendra Modi never visited and his government has not released adequate funds," former Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi tweeted on Tuesday.
President of the opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Badruddin Ajmal also requested the PM to "spare some time for the people of Assam" and visit the state.
"Floods killed many in BJP ruled Gujarat and Assam. Where will Modi go, announce relief for? The state going to elections, where else," Rajnath Kashmiri tweeted.
Floods killed many in BJP ruled Gujarat and Assam. Where will Modi go, announce relief for?— Rajnath Kashmiri (@RashtraBhakk) July 25, 2017
The state going to elections, where else!
Many have questioned PM modi visit to Gujarat saying that it was a political agenda to attract voters in the assembly election due this year.