Centre yet to clear flood relief aid: Omar

Centre yet to clear flood relief aid: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led government in New Delhi left no stone unturned to make Kashmiris suffer during and after the devastating floods that caused unimaginable destruction in the State.

Addressing election rallies in Srinagar, he said, “If the Prime Minister had actually empathised with Kashmiris then, the flood victims wouldn’t be camping in tents in sub-zero temperatures despite the State government repeatedly asking the Centre to take a final call on the proposed relief and rehabilitation package.”

“Modi Sahab spoke about his realisation of the pain and misery of Kashmiris during his public meeting in Srinagar without telling us where his empathy is for the flood victims of Kashmir who continue to await any sort of relief and rehabilitation package from the BJP government in New Delhi,” Omar said.

In a bid to strike an emotional chord with the Kashmiri people, Modi had on Monday told them at an election rally here that their pain was his pain and their problems his problems.

Reacting to it, Omar asked Modi: “While speeches and poetic rhetoric is all well and good, where is the substance? Where is the proof of these apparently noble intentions? If Prime Minister is actually concerned about Kashmiris and their sufferings, what is stopping him from approving the Rs 44,000 crore relief and rehabilitation proposal for the flood victims?”

“He (Modi) wants to transfer the funds directly into the accounts of the victims – who is stopping him or the Central government from doing that? All we want is that the Central government rises above politics of discrimination and polarisation and does justice to the flood victims,” the Chief Minister said in an apparent reference to Modi’s assertions that people don’t trust the State government in distribution of relief money.

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