Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday came in for a rare praise from Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad for his “prompt action” and “quick response” in dealing with J&K’s worst floods in six decades.
“Commend the rescue by DMRF, army, police and security forces in J&K and also GOI and PM for prompt action and reaching out to people in PoK,” Singh, a known Modi baiter, said on Twitter.
On his part, Azad said he was very happy with the PM’s response to his request.
“I had spoken to the Prime Minister. He was very quick to visit the state and announce a package of Rs 1,000 crore,” said the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
“I am sure the PM’s initial response to the flood situation will continue to hold. I hope, trust and believe in that. We expect his support will continue with same enthusiasm.”
The Congress party also set up a relief committee for J&K comprising state unit chief Saifuddin Soz, Azad and several state ministers and leaders.
The panel also has deputy CLP leader Mohammad Sharif Niaz, deputy chief minister Tara Chand and senior ministers Taj Mohiuddin, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Rigzin Zora and Majid Wani among its members.
Later at the routine media briefing, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi lamented that the early warning system for floods was not activated in J&K and neither was there any forecast about the crisis from the Central Water Commission.