• Gaurav Gogoi to PM Modi: Visit "flood-affected" Assam instead of muddling with Maharashtra's government

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    Over 41 lakh people in Assam's 34 districts are still affected by ongoing floods and landslides.


    Digital Desk: Assam Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on Thursday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit flood-affected parts of Assam instead of destabilising the Maharashtra government.


    "If there is a crisis, it is the floods. The BJP has gone insane in its pursuit of power. There are floods in Assam; the PM should visit the state and announce a special package, but he's too busy demolishing the Maharashtra government or contesting the Gujarat elections... For the BJP, power is everything," confessed Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi.


    Over 41 lakh people in Assam's 34 districts are still affected by ongoing floods and landslides. 


    Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, visited the relief camp set up at Phulaguri Higher Secondary School in Assam's Nagaon district on Wednesday to meet flood-affected residents.


    The flood situation in Assam's Karimganj district has worsened after the Kushiyara, Longai, and Singla rivers inundated more areas of the district, affecting over 1.34 lakh people.


    Several major roads in the district have been flooded. So far this year, 82 people have died in floods and landslides in Assam. 


    More than 12.30 lakh people have been affected in the lower Assam district of Barpeta alone, with 4.69 lakh in Darrang, 4.40 lakh in Nagaon, 3.38 lakh in Bajali, 2.91 lakh in Dhubri, 2.82 lakh in Kamrup, 2.80 lakh in Goalpara, 2.07 lakh in Cachar, 1.84 lakh in Nalbari, 1.51 lakh in South Salmara, 1.46 lakh in Bongaigaon, and 1.34 lakh in Karimganj district.


    Meanwhile, Maharashtra is in the grasp of a political crisis. On Thursday morning, three more Shiv Sena MLAs joined the rebel group of MLAs led by Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde in Guwahati, deepening the political instability in Maharashtra's ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government. They arrived at Guwahati's Radisson Blu Hotel, where other MLAs were campaigning. 


    Four more MLAs joined Shinde in Guwahati last night. It brings the total number of MLAs who have joined the rebel group to seven in the last 24 hours.


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