‘We do not blame others’: Himanta Sarma targets Arvind Kejriwal amid floods in Delhi and Assam


Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday took a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the Delhi floods and said he does not blame other states and rather focuses on resolving the issue.

“Blaming other state government is not going to solve the problem, it is your problem and you have to resolve it by yourself,” Assam CM said.

Assam CM Sarma said that Assam also witnesses floods because of the water from Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan but his government has “set a scientific response” instead of blaming their governments.

“I am seeing many statements that the water is coming from Haryana and UP, we also receive water from Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan but we do not blame them for the water as we believe that this is a natural phenomenon and we have to set a scientific solution for it,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been blaming the BJP-ruled Haryana for the flood mess in the national capital.

Several areas of the city were still under water even as the water level of River Yamuna, which was flowing over the danger mark after the release of water from neighbouring Haryana, dropped marginally.

Also, following the prevailing flood-like situation in Delhi, Indian Naval diving team on Saturday carried out desilting work at Yamuna Barrage, ITO.

Meanwhile, floods in Assam have affected over a lakh people, news agency PTI reported. Sarma said he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and apprised him of the flood situation in the northeastern state.

On Saturday, Assam CM said that he was still waiting for Arvind Kejriwal’s invite to tour Delhi and see the “development in capital.”

“Kejriwal said he would invite me for a tour of Delhi. I have been waiting for six months for his invite so that I can see what kind of development he has undertaken in the capital,” he added.

Sarma and Kejriwal have been trading charges over the development of the state. During his first state visit in April, Kejriwal invited Sarma to Delhi to see the development in the national capital. “When you (Sarma) come to Delhi, please come to my house for tea. If you have more time, come for a meal. I will also take you around to show you the great schools and hospitals we have made in Delhi,” Kejriwal said.

A day later, Sarma retorted, “He has invited me for lunch. As soon as I receive a formal letter, I will go for lunch.”

(With PTI inputs)