Even as floods in Bihar have taken away the lives of almost 70 people and exposed the lack of preparedness by the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, the political leaders in the state are continuing with the blame game. Speaking on the matter, former chief minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi has said that it is definitely the responsibility of the administration. "During such a dire situation I don't want to do politics. I want to say that we must see how the water will recede. And yes it is the responsibility of the government," he said.
Another JD(U) leader Sanjay Singh has slammed Union Minister Giriraj Singh, calling him media's darling. his remark on Giriraj Singh comes after he apologised for the floods and criticised Deputy Cm Sushil Modi and CM Nitish Kumar. Sajay Singh said: "Where was he during Begusarai floods? He can only speak. he is not even equal to the dust of Nitish Kumar's feet. We do not take notice of his remark." Even after two days since rains have stopped in Bihar's capital Patna, water from the city have not receded and the city is in mayhem.
On October 2, Bihar's Nitish Kumar government blocked Republic Media Network from attending his press conference at Patna's Gyan Bhavan. When reporters tried to confront the Dept. of Public Relations Officer (DPRO) on why Republic reporters were denied entry, visuals show the officer manhandling the reporter - Piyush Mishra, and trying to snatch his microphone away. Visuals show the officer catching the reporter's neck while denying that he was blocked from entering. After granting entrance, guards are then seen bodily lifting the reporter and escorting him out of the gate.
Previously on Tuesday, Nitish Kumar displayed shocking high-handedness and callousness while speaking about the floods in Bihar. When confronted by Republic TV's reporter about the plight of citizens, he asked the reporter “calm down” and reminded her of her young age and lack of experience (with respect to him). His security subsequently blocked Republic TV's reporter. He was then escorted from the place immediately by his guards.