LAKHIMPUR: The Dhemaji district unit of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has expressed strong reaction against the showing of stone guide bundh, constructed by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) near the Kumatiya bridge in order to protect the NH-15, to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while he visited Dhemaji in order to take stock of the flood situation on Wednesday along with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta and other ministers.
In a press release, Dhemaji AASU president Dipak Sarmah and general secretary Kalyan Gogoi said that if the Lakhimapur MP and the Dhemaji MLA had good will to mitigate the flood problem caused by River Jiadhol and Kumatiya, the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister should be taken to Dihiri, which was severely affected by flood caused by both rivers and they should dare to show the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister that no work had been done in the 8-KM stretch of the embankment from Dihiri to the Kumatiya bridge during the last two years.
"The Dhemaji MLA and the Lakhimpur MP attempted to earn cheap popularity and admiration from the Chief Minister by showing the Kumatiya guide bundh constructed by NHAI and then spread falsehood that the Chief Minister had taken stock of the progress of the embankment construction work on Wednesday," the press release stated.
Through the same press release, the president and the general secretary of the organization asked the Dhemaji MLA and Lakhimpur MP to make public what scheme for the embankment construction had been underway and what work the Chief Minister had inspected on Wednesday.
"The Water Resources Department in the district, the Dhemaji MLA and the Lakhimpur MP had to ensure the security to the people by constructing the embankments in the right season after inspecting them on time. But they didn't do so. Therefore, they concluded their responsibility by showing the Kumatiya guide bundh constructed by NHAI in fear of their hollow nature being exposed," stated the Dhemaji AASU president and the general secretary in the press release.
The same press release further said, "The Dhemaji MLA and the Lakhimpur MP could not dare to take the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister to visit the embankments which are in a deplorable condition in fear of facing the wrath of people. Instead of it, the public representatives patronized cheap politics by having a flood relief distribution programme initiated by private sector institutions inaugurated by the Chief Minister at Bhaju Gaon under Jiadhol Chatiali area. We asked them to stop such cheap politics which is done centering round the miserable plight of the flood victims."