Irate at no flood relief, locals throw mud at BJP MLA, make him leave
A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, out meeting people affected by the flash floods following heavy rain two days ago, was forced to flee after irate residents of a colony in Dalanwala area started throwing mud at him.
Rajpur Road MLA Khajan Das had to return midway after residents of Sanjay Colony also raised slogans against him and uprooted a board carrying his name in ruling party colours.
The residents were disappointed over lack of support from municipal corporation and administration following the flash floods caused by overflowing Rispana river. The floods caused major damage to property with water entering their homes. When the waters retreated, it left behind massive amounts of mud and debris. The locals complained that no civic body staff came to clean the area and even the MLA came to meet them after two days.
In a video posted on social media, Das could be seen trying to reason with the residents but angry women start throwing mud at him and his gunner forcing them to retreat.
“The floods ravaged the area on July 11 and the legislator is visiting us today? All our food and other household items were either washed away or have been rendered useless. No help came from government. Not even the sanitary workers turned up to clean the area, which smells like a toilet,” a local said requesting anonymity.
Former Congress legislator, Raj Kumar, who had been visiting the locality, said, “People don’t have food to eat or place to sleep. Floods posed massive damage. The anger was obvious.” He further said that locals don’t want to be quoted as they fear the legislator would file FIR against them.
Suryakant Dhasmana, state Congress vice-president, talking to media person in Dehradun said, “Seven people died in Dehradun after heavy downpour on July 11 and the government is yet to take any action. We demand resignation from CM who could not provide relief to victims.”
Meanwhile, Das claimed that he was heckled despite taking up relief works. “I was touring the Inder Basti area and also handed over cheques of ₹3800 each to those affected by the flood. A JCB machine was also pressed to lift the garbage from the area. Some people raised slogans against me...Former MLA raj Kumar was also present there...it looked like a pre-planned act...some people threw mud at my gunner,” the MLA was quoted as saying by livehindustan.com, a sister concern of Hindustan Times.
BJP state spokesperson Munna Singh Chauhan also claimed that “former MLA Raj Kumar lives there and the incident was instigated” by him. “We condemn such acts. CM is doing video conferencing with the district magistrates. For our party, common man is the priority. We are doing best to provide relief to victims across the state,” he said.