I am with the people of Assam, I am their soldier in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

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Silchar. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Monday said he stands with the people of Assam and is “their soldier in Parliament”.
He requested the Center to provide all possible help to the state immediately. Rahul said in a post on ‘X’ after visiting a flood relief camp at Phulertal in Cachar district of Assam, “I am with the people of Assam, I am their soldier in Parliament and I request the central government to provide all possible help to the state immediately.”

He said Assam needs “comprehensive and compassionate relief, rehabilitation and compensation in the short term and a water management authority for the entire Northeast to control floods in the long term.” “The immense devastation caused by the floods in Assam is heartbreaking and has taken away an innocent child like eight-year-old Avinash from us. My heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved families across the state,” he said. Avinash and his father fell into an open drain while going on a scooter in Guwahati city. His father survived the accident but the child’s body was recovered from the drain four kilometres away on Sunday, three days later.

Rahul said that Assam Congress leaders have apprised him of the ground situation that more than 24 lakh people have been affected by the floods, 53,000 and more have been displaced and more than 60 people have died. He said, “These numbers reflect the gross and serious mismanagement of the BJP’s ‘double engine’ government which came to power with the promise of flood-free Assam.” The Congress leader also visited a camp of people of the state displaced in Thalain in Cachar district after the violence in neighboring Manipur and interacted with them.

Earlier, Rahul was received at Kumbhigram airport here by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhupen Bora and other senior party leaders of the state and district. After Assam, he visited Jiribam district of Manipur. Bora handed over a memorandum to Rahul and requested him to raise the issue of devastating floods in the state with the central government so that people can get adequate relief and compensation for the severe damage caused by the floods.

Bora said, “We will be grateful to you for conveying our pain to the Centre.” He said that Assam should get a package to deal with this serious situation because “the state government has failed to get adequate funds from the Centre which is a double failure for a double engine government.” The state Congress president alleged that in the last five years, the BJP’s ‘double engine’ government has not given any importance to the repair and reconstruction of the embankment.

He claimed, “In these five years, the BJP government in Assam requested the Central government to give Rs 10,785 crore for flood relief and reconstruction but it got only Rs 250 crore.” Bora also claimed that the solution to the flood problem in Assam lies in the mountains and due to large-scale deforestation in the mountainous areas, a lot of silt gets deposited in the rivers, which raises the river bed and reduces the water carrying capacity of Assam’s rivers.

He said, “Due to excessive rainfall during monsoon and climate change, the flow of water has exceeded the carrying capacity of the rivers.” Bora said that the long-term solution to this problem is to create a water management authority for the entire Northeast which should be given all the necessary powers by the Parliament to control floods.

He said the short-term solution is to strengthen the existing flood management infrastructure like embankments and provide immediate relief and rehabilitation to the affected people. The state Congress president said party leaders, MPs, MLAs and district committees and other party organizations are visiting the flood-affected areas and helping the people. Rahul will return to Silchar airport from Jiribam and then go to Imphal for the next leg of his tour of Manipur.

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