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Amit Shah’s tour of flood-hit ar­eas stirs con­tro­versy for skip­ping Ker­ala

The Home Min­is­ter only sur­veyed BJP-ruled Kar­nataka and Ma­ha­rash­tra, says CPI(M)

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Home Min­is­ter Amit Shah’s de­ci­sion not to visit rain-hit Ker­ala has snow­balled into a po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy.

When the Congress urged the Cen­tre to sup­port all the States strug­gling with floods, the CPI(M) said that Shah de­lib­er­ately skipped sur­vey­ing Ker­ala.

For­mer Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is in Ker­ala to visit the land­slide-af­fected ar­eas in Wayanad, his con­stituency, said many peo­ple are still trapped.

“It is a tragedy not only for Wayanad but for Ker­ala and also some south­ern States such as Kar­nataka. I think the Cen­tre needs to pay at­ten­tion and ag­gres­sively sup­port the peo­ple of th­ese States,” he said.

The CPI(M) Polit­buro, ex­press­ing grave concern at the loss of life, de­struc­tion of prop­erty and live­stock due to the floods in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try, said Ker­ala is the worst af­fected, and has been hit again ex­actly a year af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion caused by the floods in 2018.

The party urged the Cen­tre to pro­vide all as­sis­tance to the State.

So­cial me­dia cam­paign

“The Home Min­is­ter, in his ae­rial sur­vey of the flood-hit ar­eas, chose only the BJP-ruled Ma­ha­rash­tra and Kar­nataka. It ap­pears Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked the Cen­tre to sup­port the flood-af­fected peo­ple of Ker­ala

that he de­lib­er­ately skipped the sur­vey of the badlyaf­fected Ker­ala. Some el­e­ments as­so­ci­ated with the RSS-BJP are cam­paign­ing on so­cial me­dia ask­ing peo­ple not to do­nate to the Ker­ala Chief Min­is­ter’s Re­lief Fund.

“Po­lit­i­cal par­ti­san­ship is least ex­pected in times of nat­u­ral calamities and un­for­tu­nate deaths of peo­ple,” the Polit­buro state­ment added.

The party also noted that the death toll has reached 72 so far and more bod­ies are be­ing re­cov­ered dur­ing res­cue oper­a­tions.

“Nearly three lakh peo­ple have been evac­u­ated and housed in 1,639 re­lief camps across the State. The Left Demo­cratic Front gov­ern­ment in the State is once again com­bat­ing this havoc ef­fi­ciently,” it said.

“Forty lives have been lost in Ma­ha­rash­tra, 32 in Kar­nataka and 24 in Gu­jarat. Ma­jor rivers such as the Tungab­hadra, Kr­ishna in AP/Te­lan­gana and their trib­u­taries are in spate and con­tinue to cause im­mense de­struc­tion and dam­age,” the party state­ment added.

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