A massive controversy has broken out in flood-hit Bihar over the state government's priorities at a time when the people are suffering.
The controversy broke out after Sushil Modi, the senior BJP Bihar leader who serves as the state's Deputy Chief Minister, was photographed watching a movie - Hrithik Roshan-starrer 'Super-30'.
Sushil Modi had also met the key people behind the film, which focuses on an iconic Bihar private institution founded by mathematician and teacher Anand Kumar -
As per the latest figures from the Bihar government, the death toll from the heavy floods that have resulted from rains in neighbouring Nepal as well as overflow in rivers, stands at 67 from 12 districts, with almost 47 lakh people affected. 26 teams of the SDRF and NDRF have been deployed while hundreds of community kitchens have been made functional.
The Bihar government has dismissed the criticism over Sushil Modi being seen watching the movie. State minister Shyam Rajak said "Watching films is a personal matter. The government is working for the people."
The RJS, meanwhile was not willing to accept the defence and criticised the Nitish Kumar-led government:
"It is clear that despite the dire conditions because of the floods, where people have died, the government is busy watching films. The government doesn't care," an RJD spokesperson said.
This isn't the first time in recent weeks that the Bihar government has come under fire over handling of a crisis. Recently, a controversy had broken out over the state's MLAs taking home big hampers of mangoes even as over 200 children died from Encephalitis, in what has become a yearly disaster. At that time, Republic TV had exposed various lacunae and shocking operational deficiencies at the Muzaffarpur hospital where a majority of the deaths took place.