NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday questioned Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's visit to flood-affected areas, expressing that people who are not directly linked to relief operations should avoid such visits.
Talking to media people about his party's contribution to the flood relief work, Pawar said he can say based on his personal experience that people who are not directly linked to the relief operations should avoid such visits. These VIP visits put unnecessary pressure on local machinery and authorities and divert their focus from rescue and evacuation work, the former Union minister alleged. He said:- "CM, Dy CM and Leaders of the Opposition visited flood-affected areas in Maharashtra. I have no objection to it. But my personal experience says that visits by VIPs disrupt rescue and relief operations. People who are not directly linked to relief operations should avoid such visits." .
Uddhav Thackeray had on Sunday visited the flood-affected Chiplun. He met officials and local representatives to assess the extent of damage and ongoing relief operation. His deputy Ajit Pawar, an NCP leader, also visited various rain-hit villages in the Sangli district on Monday and used a rescue boat to reach out to flood victims in some areas.