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It's Mufti's job to get flood relief package, says Rahul Gandhi

india Updated: Aug 27, 2015 20:34 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
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Congress' heir apparent and vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the relief package he announced after the state was hit by the worst flood in a century.

Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, said Modi announced packages "wherever he goes" but that all of it was "packaging".

He, however, said it was chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, whose party runs the state in coalition with the BJP, to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed in the floods.

"You have a government in the state and BJP is in power at the Centre. Bring the package so that people benefit from it," Gandhi said while addressing a meeting of party workers in north Kashmir's Sopore town.

Gandhi also slammed the PDP for its coalition with the BJP and everybody, "also perhaps Mufti", knew that that there was no benefit of it.

"He (mufti) knows it but he cannot say," Gandhi said, adding that the coalition failed to keep its promises.

Earlier in the saffron town of Pampore in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, Gandhi took a dig at the saffron party for its "politics of anger".

"The Modi government," Gandhi said, " has always believed in the politics of gussa (anger)… and what is happening in Gujarat right now is the result of that politics."

"But I want to tell everybody that it will help only Modi government and nobody else… no farmer, businessman or the common man is ever going to be benefited by this," Gandhi added, while interacting with the farmers associated with the National Saffron Mission.

The Congress scion said the saffron growers in Kashmir were a "very unhappy" lot due to policies of the "anti-farmer sarkar (government)" at the Centre.

Gandhi had arrived in Balakote in Jammu on Wednesday to meet the victims of Pakistan firing and visit the areas affected in the ceasefire violations.

The Congress vice president had detailed discussion with people affected in the cross border shelling.