JORHAT, Sept 8 - Former Congress Minister and a newcomer to the BJP, Himanta Biswa Sarma demanded adequate compensation to the flood-affected farmers across the State, whose economic condition is presently pitiable following three waves of successive floods during this monsoon season.
Addressing thousands of BJP members and supporters during the annual executive meeting of the party�s �Kishan Morcha� at Demow in Sivasagar district yesterday, he said, �If the flood-affected farmers are not compensated adequately, we will compel the State Government to do so.� He said the recent wave of flood has caused tremendous loss to the standing crops, besides damaging the households of the farming community in several districts, including Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.
Meanwhile, the district administration revealed that at least 15,223 residents in 23 villages of Demow and Sivasagar revenue circles within Sivasagar district were affected by the recent wave of floods.
Along with many State-level leaders of the BJP, national president Vijay Pal Singh of Kishan Morcha also criticised the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress Government of the State as the farmers allegedly remained deprived of their compensation.
Expressing confidence of winning the people�s mandate during the ensuing Assembly polls next year, the BJP leaders said that the economic condition of the farmers would improve as Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s Government has taken up several welfare measures for the development of the agricultural sector, besides overall welfare of the farming community.
The BJP State president Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Kishan Morcha�s national leader Palit Bora, State president Pankaj Pathak and former independent MLA of Thowra, Kushal Duari and several other district leaders of the BJP and Kishan Morcha attended the meeting.