Authorities carrying out relief operations in the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir got a helping hand from an unexpected quarter —the RSS and the BJP. Workers from the two outfits thronged the poll-bound state, carrying out relief operations in all the three regions of the state — Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
BJP chief Amit Shah through a statement to all MPs, MLAs, representatives of urban bodies and workers asking them to assist the local authorities in relief and rehabilitation works.
“We have asked all our state units to send worked to J&K to carry out relief activities there. Our state unit is also making an assessment of the scale of relief operation that is required. All help is being provided,” Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief and BJP MP Anurag Thakur told HT.
The RSS claimed Sewa Bharati, an organisation run by swayamsevaks, too has extended its help in the flood-hit regions. “Hundreds of karyakartas working day and night to rescue thousands of people trapped, arranging the last rites of the dead, building temporary shelter for the homeless, distributing blankets & warm clothes, medical aid etc,” a press note from the outfit said.
Vagish Issar, member of Indraprastha Vishwa Samwad Kendra, RSS’ media arm, claimed ‘thousands’ of workers were running relief camps. “Those from the outside the trying to reach there as soon as possible and as closer to affected people as they can,” he said.
RSS leaders added that the road connectivity between Jammu and the valley was snapped off but their workers were taking alternate routes to reach the affected areas.