Both Congress and BJP leadership in New Delhi have drawn flak in Assam for downplaying the flood fury in the state.
Various parties and organizations have categorically alleged that neither Congress nor BJP has been serious on the perennial issue.
“Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor BJP president Amit Shah has visited the flood-hit people. Doesn’t it suggest lack of seriousness of the people in the distant Delhi?,” said Mukul Saikia a Congress leader from Nagaon.
Saikia said,” during UPA regime prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi along with several senior ministers visited the marooned people.”
AASU leaders in Dibrugarh said the NDA government is least bothered about the raving problem in Assam. “Haven’t you seen how during his stint as DoNER minister VK Singh refused to admit flood as the main problem confronting Assam?. They have sent Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal to wash the hands off.”
“No national leader wants Assam to march ahead. They lack seriousness. What forces the Congress and BJP leadership not to visit the state in the time of crisis? Are we not Indian?,” said a Arun Saikia a retired professor in Dhemaji.
AJYCP leaders in Tinsukia blamed it all on the state leadership. “Why Sarbananda Sonowal and Siddartha Bhattacarya can’t mount pressure on the prime minister or party leadership to visit the marooned people 6 months ahead of the assembly polls. They are waiting to visit the state just for poll campaigning?”
Achyut Das, a local KMSS leader in Bajali said “neither Tarun Gogoi nor Sarbananda Sonowal has the courage to take on the Centre alleging its lack of seriousness. Both they are resorting to blamegame only to divert their failures.”