The Rajya Sabha held a wide-ranging debate on the heavy rain and resulting floods in Tamil Nadu, wherein many leaders voiced their opinions, on Wednesday.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was one of the first to comment on the issue. He acknowledged the critical nature of the situation, and called the many who are stranded and affected as his brothers. He also expressed his support for whatever relief amount is fixed by the Chairman of the House for the state.
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu’s representative in the Rajya Sabha, summarised the extent and implications of the disaster. She spoke about how this situation is as bad as the 2004 tsunami, and how there are great difficulties in rescuing people, who are trapped on the roofs of buildings. She also spoke about the long-term implications of the unrelenting rains such as the spread of water-borne diseases and the massive infrastructural loss that will have to be looked into. She expressed her solidarity and support with the DMK government, and said 'that in this hour the ruling party shouldn’t be questioned but supported'. But even then, she believes that much more needs to be done and greater effort is required.
Dr. Sudarsana Natchiappan, INC politician representing Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha, urged the central government to provide rehabilitation services and bring in national forces to control the situation. He delineated the manner in which the central government should intervene and provide assistance.
Tarun Vijay, BJP leader from Uttarakhand said that the rains have brought havoc. He thanked PM Modi for sanctioning Rs 949 crore for industrial relief and added today 500 plus crore has already been released. He added that today itself we must decide to give funds from MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund) and said he has decided to give 50 lakh from MPLAD.