Modi won’t visit any flood-hit area

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: Though Narendra Modi has said he would spend his time in Srinagar with flood-affected people on Thursday, according to details provided by local BJP leaders, the Prime Minister would hold indoor interaction only with some delegations.
“Modi Ji will interact with delegations of almost all political parties apart from civil society, traders, hoteliers and flood-affected people either at Raj Bhawan or SKICC. He is not scheduled to visit any flood-hit area in Srinagar,” BJP’s Valley-based leader Fayaz Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader on Wednesday.
Modi is scheduled to arrive in the morning at old airfield and would straightway drive to the Raj Bhawan for his daylong program which includes meeting with state government officials to take stock of relief and rehabilitation plan for the flood-hit.
“He will hold a meeting with army as well. The purpose of that meeting is to appreciate the role of army in rescue operation during the floods. On the evening, he will return to New Delhi,” Bhat said.
On Tuesday, Modi had announced on his Twitter handle that he is coming to Kashmir on Diwali to spend the day with flood-hit people. Both ruling National Conference and opposition PDP appreciated his “gesture” of coming here on this occasion. However, two factions of Hurriyat Conferences have called for a shutdown on Thursday and holding of peaceful protests against the visit.
Asked if Modi was going to announce any economic package for the region in the backdrop of the last month’s devastating deluge, another BJP leader said the Prime Minister was “very concerned about rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected populace. A special package will be announced by Modi Ji for flood-hit people. He is more concerned about reconstruction and rehabilitation of flood victims.”
“This package will not be on the lines of a package submitted by state government,” said the BJP leader wishing anonymity.