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'Don�t play politics over plight of flood-hit'

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GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta today warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders not to play politics over the plight of the flood-affected people of Assam.

Dutta, while questioning the intent of the BJP leaders including Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, alleged that the saffron party is shedding crocodile tears and had it not been so, it would have taken steps to release funds meant for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

At a press conference at the party headquarters here, Dutta said that although the State Government had sought Rs 2534.15 crore from the Centre last year, it has released only Rs 380 crore for flood relief and rehabilitation.

�Sonowal must answer why funds have not been released before leveling allegations against us. They only believe in poll-centric politics which was evident by the big announcements made in Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir,� Dutta said.

�The Modi Government has betrayed the people of Assam in the name of flood relief and rehabilitation,� Dutta alleged.

The APCC president further questioned why the Brahmaputra Board has not been reconstituted as yet and also why the Brahmaputra River Valley Authority is yet to be approved.

�We are going to write to the Prime Minister in a day or two highlighting the issues concerning the State,� Dutta informed.

In a different context, Dutta told media persons that the APCC members will resort to road blockade on August 24 against the poor road condition of the NH 37, 15 and 53, the work of which is being looked after by the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.

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GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta today warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders not to play politics over the plight of the flood-affected people of Assam.

Dutta, while questioning the intent of the BJP leaders including Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, alleged that the saffron party is shedding crocodile tears and had it not been so, it would have taken steps to release funds meant for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

At a press conference at the party headquarters here, Dutta said that although the State Government had sought Rs 2534.15 crore from the Centre last year, it has released only Rs 380 crore for flood relief and rehabilitation.

�Sonowal must answer why funds have not been released before leveling allegations against us. They only believe in poll-centric politics which was evident by the big announcements made in Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir,� Dutta said.

�The Modi Government has betrayed the people of Assam in the name of flood relief and rehabilitation,� Dutta alleged.

The APCC president further questioned why the Brahmaputra Board has not been reconstituted as yet and also why the Brahmaputra River Valley Authority is yet to be approved.

�We are going to write to the Prime Minister in a day or two highlighting the issues concerning the State,� Dutta informed.

In a different context, Dutta told media persons that the APCC members will resort to road blockade on August 24 against the poor road condition of the NH 37, 15 and 53, the work of which is being looked after by the National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.