Sonia Gandhi tours flood hit South Kashmir

SRINAGAR: After concluding her day long visit to flood affected areas in South Kashmir, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday held a flood review meeting wherein she was briefed about rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

The meeting was attended by almost all Congress ministers in the State council and some National Conference ministers also participated in the meeting. Besides others the meeting was attended by deputy chief minister Tara Chand and the chief secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday.

Earlier in the morning Ms Gandhi accompanied by her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Ambika Soni, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Anantnag where they interacted with the flood hit people.

She visited the Dahrun Mantpora relief camp in Anantnag where she and her son expressed solidarity with the flood victims assuring them of full support from the Congress party. Sonia Gandhi also held a flood review meeting with the party leaders in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting with Ms Gandhi, the state Congress leaders including ministers emphasized that elections be held on its due date. 

Talking to KNS, a senior Congress leader and minister said that the State Congress ministers demanded that elections be held on schedule and there should be no delay in elections.

However, the National Conference leadership has expressed reservations on this demand. “Relief, rehabilitation and elections cannot go hand in hand. Presently the administration is busy with the relief and rehabilitation work and they can spare this time for election preparations. It is not possible,” a senior National Conference leader said pleading anonymity.

Meanwhile, talking to KNS, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the government will call a cabinet meeting to review the overall relief and rehabilitation measures and to discuss the slackness in central government’s support to the state government. “The chief minister will soon call a cabinet meeting to discuss the relief and rehabilitation work and to see the reasons behind snail’s pace support from the central government,” Sagar said.  (KNS)

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