RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said that instead of dealing with the grave situation arising out of waterlogging and floods in Bihar, JDU and BJP leaders are fighting among themselves like "dogs and cats". Yadav said that the Chief Minister and his government were squarely responsible for the deluge and not the "nature".
"The state is flooded and the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has been the Chief Minister for the last 15 years, is only doing politics for self-promotion while BJP and JDU leaders are fighting among themselves like dogs and cats and have made Bihar a circus. The ministers say that officials do not listen to them," Yadav said.
"Chief Minister Kumar is responsible for this situation. He has completely failed and has fallen in the eyes of the people. Yet his conscience has not awakened. He should take the responsibility and resign on moral grounds," he added.
Yadav said that water pumps were not working, and drains were clogged. Though the water has started receding, many areas are flooded even after 10 days. "There should be a serious investigation into these lapses and the responsibility should be fixed. Those guilty should be punished," he said.
Earlier, blaming the nature for the prevalent floods devastating Bihar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on October 2, has stated that the occurrence of untimely droughts and floods is according to nature.
"The change in climate has led to drought, sudden heavy rainfall and the present condition in Bihar. There were flash floods in 12-13 districts in July this year. Later, the water level in Ganga rose. Now, sudden heavy rainfall has flooded many areas in Patna," Kumar said.
Apart from Patna, low-lying areas like Kankarbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Gardani Bagh, Dak Bungalow, and SK Puri have also been submerged in water due to heavy rainfall and choked sewage. Twenty-two NDRF teams had been working round the clock and rescued more than 10,000 people from flood-affected regions with rescue teams rowing people across the flooded roads in inflated boats. Indian Air Force helicopters were deployed to drop relief material in flood-affected areas.
The Indian Meteorological Department has announced that rainfall received so far is 10% more than the normal occurrence and has issued a red alert. India has recorded its highest rainfall this Monsoon since 1994, with death toll amounting to 73 and nine injured in Bihar floods as per the reports. The stagnant water has put the State under severe duress as the risk of widespread diseases continues to rise.
(With ANI inputs)