Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Assam flood victims in Lakhimpur region of the state on Thursday and assured them of assistance. The Congress leader told locals that he wanted to visit the place and assess the loss. Gandhi further said the issue will be raised in Parliament by Congress. “Maine socha ki aap sab ke beech aakar dekhun ki kya nuksaan hua aur madad karun. Hum flood ka mudda Parliament mein uthayenge (I thought of meeting you all and see how much loss has taken place and help. We’ll raise the flood issue in the Parliament),” he was quoted saying by ANI.
Rahul said it is the victims’ right to get compensation and if needed Congress will fight on their behalf. “Apka hak banta hai, apko compensation milna chahiye, aapki ladai hum ladenge (it is your right to get the compensation, we’ll fight for you),” he said. Rahul’s visit came one day after senior party leader Tarun Gogoi criticised the Central government by saying that even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a package of Rs 2,350 crore, BJP government in Assam did not present the real situation of the state to Narendra Modi.
“For the Ganga rejuvenation project, Rs 20,000 crore were announced, then why only Rs 2,350 crore for the entire northeast,” the former chief minister asked and demanded Rs 50,000 crore for tackling floods caused by the Brahmaputra. “I think the Assam government did not present the proper picture before the Prime Minister. Modi said he sympathised with Assam and the northeastern states, then why only over Rs 2,000 crore (announced for flood-hit states),” Gogoi was quoted saying by PTI.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a package of Rs 2,350 crore for all northeastern states hit by floods and immediate release of Rs 250 crore for flood-hit Assam. He also announced Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to floods in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.