With floods continuing to haunt Assam affecting as many as 28 districts causing misery to as many as 37 lakh people in the affected region and as many as 7 lakh people cooped-up in relief camps, the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in the state led by CM Sarbananda Sonowal has refused to accept responsibility and instead blamed the previous Congress government for not preparing the state in advance for such natural calamities.
Sonowal said the previous Congress government led by Tarun Gogoi had not maintained the embankments on the river Brahmaputra and added, “My government with the principle of transparency and accountability is trying to get a good governance system in place. With the support of the people of Assam we are confident to strengthen the embankments and will also find out long term solutions for it too.”
The Brahmaputra river is still flowing above the danger zone at Jorhat and Dhubri town, the rising water levels have flooded 85 per cent of KNP – erosion has destroyed both habitation and cultivable areas on a large scale.
Sonowal added that the previous government failed to maintain these embankments. This caused them to weaken and therefore they could not resist the erosion caused by Brahmaputra river.