Actual relief work instead of photo-op would have been better: Gujarat CM to Rahul

| Updated: Aug 05, 2017 00:34 IST

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India] August 4 (ANI): Hitting out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for visiting flood hit areas in the state, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday said it would have been better if the former along with his party would have devoted enough time to provide adequate relief work in flood affected areas. "The perpetual tourist, Shri @OfficeOfRG came to Gujarat but the people of Gujarat are asking- where are our INC MLAs in this crucial time? Instead of another photo-op, it would have been better had @OfficeOfRG & @INCIndia devoted time to proper relief work in flooded areas," Rupani tweeted. He added that people of Gujarat know the tricks of the Congress rather too well, adding their anti-people and anti-Gujarat mindset is not a secret. "Rahul Gandhi's leadership style is working wonders in his party. Following him, Congress MLAs are also in vacation mode!," Rupani tweeted. Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Rahul Gandhi after his car was attacked by unknown persons in Gujarat's Banaskanta during his visit to flood affected areas, by accusing him of politicising the flood situation in the state. "Calamities like floods should be kept far away from ambit and reach of politics. In current political scenarios some political parties, Congress party in particular is even politicising the calamity like floods," said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. He also said that the attack on his convoy is an expression of the people's anger, who are dealing with floods and tired of such politics and they should not be called goons. Earlier today, branding the attack on Rahul Gandhi as "disgusting and disgraceful, Congress accused the ruling BJP saying the latter must know the truth can't be silenced. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter and wrote 'BJP goons broke Congress VP's car with heavy stones on his way to the helipad after meeting flood victims at Dhanera.' Rahul visited flood affected areas in Gujarat, on Friday, where he was also shown black flags by a group of protesters. Addressing the villagers and the media, Rahul Gandhi said that he was in Assam the other day, Rajasthan on Friday and now in Gujarat. Amidst his speech, few people waved black flags to which he asked the guards to let them in, and saying, "I don't care." "It's a difficult and grievous time for all of you and so I wanted to come amongst you all," he said addressing the crowd. He added that many people lost their loved ones and homes due to floods and so he wanted to meet them to tell them that the Congress Party is standing with the people of Gujarat. "It is not our government in Delhi or Gujarat, but we are standing here with you, I am standing here with you and we won't back down due to a few black flags," he said. (ANI)

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