Jaipur: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today visited Madrampura in the district to meet families affected by the heavy rains in Rajasthan.

Gandhi, who was in Barmer earlier in the day, interacted with the locals and asked for feedback about relief activities in the wake of the downpour that has caused havoc in the area.

Before leaving, Gandhi told reporters that she has observed that rehabilitation was the main problem.

"I spoke to people... they said that rehabilitation was their problem now. It will be looked after," she said.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Union Ministers C P Joshi, Mukul Wasnik and Sachin Pilot were among those present during the meeting.

When the Congress leader was returning from Madrampura, a few locals blocked the road while shouting slogans alleging that the Jaipur Development Authority had demolished their houses and had not given any compensation.

They complained to Gandhi that genuine victims affected by the heavy rains had allegedly not been allowed to meet her.

The police said this was not a security breach and no action had been taken against the locals.

During the visit, Gandhi said the grievance of the public will be redressed and the state government had made proper arrangements for providing relief to the affected people.

She also interacted with Army personnel deployed in the area for pumping out accumulated rain-water.

The group of locals who had blocked the road while alleging apathy of the authorities also claimed that the police had "forced" them to stay indoors.

"When we came out of our houses and were going to the place where Sonia was interacting, policemen hit us with baton and also abused us. They forced us to stay away from the area so we had to burst in protest in front of her vehicle," Vimla, one of the protesters, alleged.

Shankar, another local, alleged that "outsiders were brought here for the interaction with Sonia."

While confirming that Gandhi's cavalcade made an "unscheduled halt," Jaipur Police Commissioner B L Soni said the situation was brought under control.

"After leaving the place (Madrampura), her vehicle made an unscheduled halt where she took feedback from people who were assembled there.

Meanwhile, a few women created nuisance and raised their issue, but the situation was under control. No action was taken against anyone," Soni said.

Madrampura is one of the low-lying areas in the district where rain water has accumulated following torrential rains last week.


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