NEW DELHI: Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced compensation for families of those killed in Gujarat due to rain and storm, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath pointed to the deaths in his state, saying, “you are the prime Minister of the country and not Gujarat”.
Shortly after Mr Nath’s criticism on Twitter, the Prime Minister’s Office, in tweets, announced similar compensation for those affected in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Manipur and various parts of the country.
35 people have been killed after rain and thunder storm that hit several states on Tuesday; 10 died in Gujarat and Rajasthan, while 15 lost their lives in Madhya Pradesh.
In tweets this morning, the PM announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those killed in Gujarat and Rs. 50,000 for those injured.
Kamal Nath, who heads the Congress government in the state, tweeted a sharp reaction, saying, “Mr. Modi, you are the prime Minister of the country and not Gujarat. The MP also claimed that more than 10 people have died due to unseasonal rain and storms causing lightning. But are your senses confined to Gujarat only? Even though it is not your party’s government, people are also here.”
Soon after, the Prime Minister’s Office, in tweets, expressed “grief at the loss of lives” in other states, announcing compensation for those killed and injured.
Meanwhile, Anil Baluni, the BJP’s media chief and a member of the Rajya Sabha, criticized Mr Nath for politicizing the issue of deaths instead of following protocol in reporting the disaster to the Centre. He said, “Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy”.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to address three rallies in Himmatnagar, Surendranagar and Anand in Gujarat today. The first rally is in the state’s Sabarkantha district where one person was killed due to lighting and storms. A portion of a tent set up for the PM’s rally in Himmatnagar was also damaged in the dust storm yesterday.