Guwahati: Currently, two major events are taking place simultaneously in Assam: one is the stay of rebel MLAs from Maharashtra under the leadership of Eknath Shinde in a plush hotel, and the other is a tragic one; lakhs of people are struggling for their survival due to devastating floods in the state.
It is expected that 33 lakh people in 28 districts have been drastically affected by the severe floods. At least 117 people have died amidst floods and landslides since April 2022. Silcher, the second largest city in the state, is on the receiving end as most people in the city have to toil for food and water.
On the other hand, the Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati has been hitting the headlines where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs have been camping for the last couple of days, which has created a ruckus in Maharashtra politics and Uddhav Thackeray’s government is about to collapse.
The Shiv Sena rebel and Maharashtra minister, Eknath Shinde, has the support of most of the MLAs of the party, and the crisis in the state is a real threat to the current Maharashtra government.
Several residents in Silcher have been questioning the priorities of the ruling BJP-led government in Assam. Assam is drowning and rebel leaders from Maharashtra are being brought here and being kept in a luxurious five-star hotel for horse trading. Is this what the Assam government is doing? “A resident asked.
Another resident said Chief Minister Sarma must visit the flooded areas where people are trapped inside their respective homes.
The state chief minister should assess the situation. At present, people need help from the government. Most of them are unable to leave their homes amidst the intensity of the floods, as per one of the residents.
The opposition parties, the Congress and the TMC, staged a protest against the state government of the BJP. They are demanding to send these rebel MLAs to Maharashtra and that the Assam government should focus on the flood-hit area, which is a curse for the people. Rescue operations must be on war footing to save the lives of those who are trapped in this natural calamity.
Responding to questions from the media, CM Sarma said, “Should I shut down Guwahati’s hotels due to floods in some parts of the state?” A lot of money has been spent on the promotion of tourism in the state. Should I stop those who have come to Assam?”
In fact, the lack of essential amenities such as water, food, and medicine in the flood-hit areas has made life a hell for the affected people. National Disaster Response Force teams are working, and the Indian Air Force is busy dropping essential commodities.