Ripun fires salvo at Shah

The Assam unit of the Congress on Tuesday criticised BJP national president Amit Shah for not visiting flood-affected areas. Twelve persons lost their lives till Monday in the first wave of floods which affected six lakh people in six districts.

By Rajiv Konwar in Guwahati
  • Published 20.06.18
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Ripun Bora speaks on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The Assam unit of the Congress on Tuesday criticised BJP national president Amit Shah for not visiting flood-affected areas. Twelve persons lost their lives till Monday in the first wave of floods which affected six lakh people in six districts.

Shah had participated in a programme here on Monday, He met party leaders and left for Delhi.

"The BJP talks about its love and concern for Assam. But when lakhs of people are struggling against floods which has claimed lives of 12 people, Shah could not spare a few hours to take stock of the situation. We have condemned this," Assam PCC president Ripun Bora told the media.

"We also condemn chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for not convincing Shah to visit the flood-affected people," Bora alleged.

He criticised the BJP for organising bhoomi pujan (site worship) here and other places where cancer hospitals will be set up.

"The state government talks of fighting superstitions, but the same government had held bhoomi pujan in the name of setting up cancer hospitals," he said.

'Gift' for Rahul: Around 500 people from various parties and organisations, including former KMSS leader Kamal Medhi, former AGP minister Rajendra Mushahary and former president of Assam College Teachers' Association Naren Changmai, joined the Congress on Monday.

Bora said it was a "gift" to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his 48th birthday.