Congress president Rahul Gandhi today visited flood-affected parts of southern Kerala and felicitated fishermen for their ‘great service’ in the post-flood rescue operations and announced that there would be separate 'ministry for fishermen’ when the Congress would come to power in the Centre. Rahul will continue his visit in Kerala on today also. He is to visit the northern districts of Kozhikode and Wayanad on Wednesday.
Rahul visited relief camps of Chengannura and Alappuzha and also interacted with fishermen for their contribution to rescue operations. In Alappuzha, he showered praise on local fishermen and inspiringly said: “Three thousand fishermen saved 70,000 people. This is not a small thing, it is a huge deal. I want to say thanks to you.” His promise of a separate ministry was received with thunderous applause.
He added that it was not his habit to make false promises and assured them that it was a commitment. Farmers and fishermen had helped build the country, he added. Rahul, who returned after his Europe tour was received at Thiruvananthapuram airport by party leaders, including local MP Shashi Tharoor.
He is to visit the northern districts of Kozhikode and Wayanad tomorrow.