PM should ask colleagues not to indulge in political upmanship: BJP

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New Delhi, Sep 1 (UNI) Arguing that a national response was needed to overcome Bihar floods, the BJP today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who termed the floods a national disaster, to tender advice to his Cabinet colleagues to stop indulging in the game of 'political upmanship'.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said gravity of the Bihar floods could only be imagined when a vast area of 150 Sq km was marooned following reservoir breach in the upstream Nepal.

About Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's claim that he alone had organised all the Central government help to the state, Mr Javadekar said the BJP does not want to get into 'tu tu main main' politics. ''The PM has termed this as national disaster and the problems should be overcomed by all forces. He should ask his cabinet colleagues not to indulge in the political upmanship game,'' he underlined.

It was wrong to blame the Bihar government for the problem as their engineers were arrested by the authorities in Nepal, when they went to repair the dam. This sort of upkeep of the dam was taking place every year and it was only this year, the Bihar engineering staff was not allowed to do the task.

Meanwhile, an NDA delegation led by Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha L K Advani and Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav and other top party leaders would visit Bihar tomorrow for on the spot assessment.

On its part, BJP President Rajnath Singh has asked the party ruled states to rush all possible help and assistance to the marooned people of Bihar. The relief would soon start coming from the states and BJP units across the country, he said.


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