NEW DELHI: Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi locked horns with PM Narendra Modi on Twitter on Friday after the latter tweeted that Kerala held a “special” place for him.
After addressing a conclave in Kochi through video link, Modi tweeted, “Kerala is also special for me, personally. I have had numerous opportunities to visit Kerala. One of the first things I did after the people blessed me yet again with a big responsibility was visiting the Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple.”
Modi’s remark triggered a sharp reaction from Rahul, who slammed the PM for not visiting when it mattered, and said flood-hit Kerala was being treated in an “unfair” manner. Rahul has been overseeing flood relief work in his constituency, Wayanad, over the past three days, his second visit to his constituency since the disaster struck.
“Dear Mr Modi, after your visit to Guruvayur, a huge flood visited Kerala, causing death and destruction. A timely visit then would have been appreciated. Kerala is suffering and still awaits a relief package, like those given to other flood hit states. This is unfair,” Rahul said on Twitter.
Dear Mr Modi, After your visit to Guruvayur – a huge flood visited Kerala, causing death & destruction. A timel… https://t.co/ginIR06um3
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1567155581000
Rahul’s assertions came in the backdrop of severe floods in Kerala which claimed over 120 lives and in which scores of people went missing. The Centre, while granting flood relief packages to affected states, had left out Kerala last week. Rahul had written to the PM on the flood and landslide situation in Wayanad and informed him about the measures the central government could take in order to make Wayanad and other flood-prone regions safer.
In a series of letters seeking help for his constituents, Rahul had also written to the RBI governor seeking an extension in repayment of agricultural loans for those who were affected by the Kerala floods. Last week, he also wrote to rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar, petitioning him to increase the scope of work done under MGNREGS as well as an increase in the guaranteed number of mandays to 200 in Kerala.