Mumbai: In comments that could position them in Centre of a controversy, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil was heard shouting at flood victims, asking them to shut up, request for things and not complain over their unavailability. He is also the Minister for Revenue and number two ranked minister in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cabinet.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Patil, who was inspecting relief and rescue operations on Sunday was caught on camera yelling at a group of flood victims who were voicing their grievances.
Addressing a crowd, Chandrakant Patil, who is also the guardian minister of Kolhapur and Pune, was asking people to not to get worried and impatient and have faith in the administration’s work. Soon after, he lost his cool and raised his voice at a complainant.
“Once the road from Shiroli starts, the facilitation or amenities will become easier. I understand that you need amenities at this point of time and in such a situation but you have to understand that you have to request things and facilities. You need to be patient and systematic,” Patil is heard saying.
“The government is complete with you in this situation but you have to understand that there’s no point in complaining. The officials have been working for 24 hours tirelessly with no sleep, and still, you want to complain against them?” he was heard telling the crowd when some people start making noise and putting forth their grievances.
Furthermore, the BJP leader angrily gestured at the crowd to settle down and said, “shut up.” Patil hails from Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra and was appointed as BJP’s state unit chief in July this year. Many districts of Maharashtra including Kolhapur and Sangli have been reeling under floods in the wake of incessant rains in the region.
Later on Monday, Patil asked all public representatives of the BJP to donate their one month’s salary as help towards the flood victims. “All BJP MPs, MLAs, members of corporations, zilla parishads, pachayat samitis will donate their salaries to the BJP’s disaster fund via a check or demand draft. Party workers should donate a minimum of Rs 100 or whatever they can to the cause,” Patil said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had on Sunday taken a detailed review of the floods at Mantralaya Control Room in Mumbai with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, senior officials from Relief and Rehabilitation department, Disaster Management department and concerned officials. This control room coordinates all efforts for Kolhapur, Sangli and all affected districts.
He said state government was successfully able to rescue around 5 lakh people from Sangli and Satara districts, ravaged by floods. An official from the chief minister’s office said a total 105 teams engaged in rescue and relief operations, including the NDRF, SDRF, Army, Navy, Airforce, CoastGuard and other agencies.
“Around 761 villages from 68 talukas of 2 districts affected by floods. Also, over 200 roads and over 90 bridges closed due to water logging. Currently, there are 226 boats deployed and sufficient number of medical teams have been made available,” he said. A day prior to the meeting, Fadnavis had visited Kolhapur and Sangli and taken stock of the situation.