Assamese are venting their ire on social media because of the center’s neglect to the devastating flood in their state. Probably, they are also realizing their mistake of voting for BJP with the hope that the party will bring in change in the state’s fortune.
In Assam more than 70 people have died already and have caused an estimated damage of Rs. 2,939 crores. Quite astonishingly, no relief package is announced yet by the center and a junior minister (Kiren) Rijiju is sent to the state to inspect the situation.
In the most severe contrast possible, the flood taking place in Gujarat has attracted the announcement of a relief package worth Rs.500 crores. Prime Minister Modi has himself taken an aerial view of the state in what can be described as a most glaring contrast of treatment between the two states.
While, the aerial view was conducted by Modi in Gujarat, a central team arrived in Assam consisting of seven members led by Union home ministry joint secretary VS Sekhar for assessing the situation.
“Forget the announcement of an aid package, the PM didn’t even consider visiting Assam himself or sending a senior minister. It clearly shows Centre’s biased attitude to our state,” said farmers activist Akhil Gogoi.
In Assam, almost 1.32 lakh people have been displaced by flood that are largely been given shelter in 363 relief camps. The rescue teams have evacuated 15,700 flood affected people in 21 districts.
The good news, however, there is the receding of the flood waters in the past week because of clear skies. However, 9 districts are still flooded and the number of people taking shelter in the relief camps is still high, numbering 4.716 people in five districts.
It will be waste of words talking about morality and ethics regarding the political decisions in India. However, it can be considered as suicidal for BJP to treat their own state in such dismal fashion. The BJP has come to power in Assam with promise that the floods that take place in the state almost every year would be prevented and quick measures will be taken to provide relief. BJP has not kept their promise, instead steered all their resources and focus to Gujarat flood. This is the most blatant divisive policy that can be seen in the recent times. If BJP lose the next state assembly poll, it will be purely because of their own fault.