Rahul Gandhi demands Kerala floods be declared a national calamity

8/18/2018

New Delhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday demanded that floods in Kerala be declared as a national calamity. Addressing a meeting of the AICC general secretaries, party in-charges in various states, PCC chiefs and CLP leaders, Mr Gandhi , expressing concern over the flood situation in various parts of the country, demanded that floods in Kerala be declared as a national calamity. The meeting noted that there has been a damage worth Rs 2000-3000 crores in the Kerala floods, and termed as ``insufficient' the financial relief granted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing reporters after the meeting, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,’’Mr Rahul Gandhi and the Congress Party have demanded that Kerala flood should be declared a national calamity and the Modi Government should come forward to help the people of Kerala, where nearly 182 people have died and there has been a loss of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3000 crore. ‘’ ‘’We also noted with concern the grave situation arising out of floods in Karnataka and as also rest of the country. In the entire country 324 people have lost their lives besides a lot of loss to property and other things,’’he said. ‘’It was decided that all the Congress Governments will come forward to help the people of Kerala in this hour of tragedy. Punjab Government has already donated Rs. 10 crore in the Kerala Relief Fund. Our Congress Government and JD (U) Government of Karnataka has also donated Rs. 10 crore to Kerala Relief measures,' he said. Mr. Surjewala said that Puducherry government has also donated Rs. 1 crore. It was also decided by Congress President and all others that all Congress MPs – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – all Congress MLAs across India, all Congress MLCs across India will donate one month's salary, which will be sent through the AICC for relief measures in Kerala. It was also decided to constitute Special Relief Committee in the adjoining states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and others, wherein all material possible will be collected by Congress workers and will be sent to people of Kerala, he added. The Congress leaders said that PM Modi should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief between BJP and non-BJP Governments. ‘’We believe Modiji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief between BJP and non-BJP Governments. Only mere Rs. 100 crore has been given to people of Kerala, while there is absolute devastation. It is time that PM Modi must rise above political partisan game and come forward as a nation to help people of Kerala, people of Karnataka and other States affected by the flood and declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,’’ Mr Surjewala said.

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