‘Bihar mein baadh aaya nahi, baadh laya gaya’, Lalu attacks Modi over flood relief funds
Patna, August 26: The politics over floods in Bihar heated up on Saturday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state to conduct an aerial survey of the affected areas.
PM Modi after reaching Purnia boarded a chopper with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and flew over flooded areas of the state to take stock of the situation.
The PM's visit came just a little less than a month after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined hands with the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) to form a fresh government in the state.
The BJP-JD(U) alliance came to power after JD(U) chief and Bihar CM Nitish broke ties with the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). The Grand Alliance was formed by the JD (U) with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress before the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections to give a tough fight to the BJP and the PM.
The Grand Alliance succeeded in its mission and formed the government in the state after elections. But, the alliance government even before celebrating two years in power was left in tatters as the JD(U) "backstabbed" the RJD and the Congress.
Thus a sore chief of the RJD, Lalu Prasad Yadav, decided to attack Nitish and Modi over floods that have created havoc in Bihar.
"When Bihar suffered due to floods in the past, Modi ji didn't feel it was important enough to visit the state then. He didn't allocate even a single penny for flood relief in the past," Lalu told ANI.
Lalu's attack over flood relief funds came after the PM declared an immediate relief of Rs 500 crore for the affected people of the state.
Lalu also alleged that the floods in Bihar are manmade and resulted due to opening up of dam gates. "In Bihar, floods did not come; it was brought in by an engineer of Nitish, who opened the dam gates. (Bihar mein baadh aaya nahi, baadh laya gaya, Nitish ka engineer baandh (dam) kaat ke baadh le aaya)" alleged Lalu.
Prior to the aerial survey, Modi chaired a review meeting in Purnia with senior officials, the CM and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi. As per reports, the death toll in the massive deluge in the state rose to 418 on Friday.
The flood situation in the state worsened on Friday as 19 districts were inundated affecting at least 1.67 crore residents, most of whom have become homeless.