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Centre ignoring interests of Bihar flood victims: BJP

india Updated: Feb 20, 2009 23:26 IST

Accusing the Centre of ignoring the interests of Bihar as an opposition party was in power in the state, the BJP on Friday demanded adequate relief for the victims of the devastating Kosi floods.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, BJP MP Shahnawaz Hussain said, "The UPA government is doing injustice to the Bihar government as the elections are approaching...Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is doing everything on his own steam."

Talking to reporters later, Hussain refuted the charge that the dam on Kosi river was breached due to the state government's negligence. "The Central government should have taken up the issue with Nepal and taken steps at the right time," he said.

The Bihar government has demanded Rs 14,000 crore as relief for the flood-affected. The August floods had affected nearly 33 lakh people living in the Saharsa, Madhepura, Supaul, Araria and Purnea districts of Bihar. About three lakh houses were razed in the floods.

"A special medium and long term package should be provided by the Central government," Hussain said.

A memorandum was submitted in this regard to the government of India, he said. Cheif Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to meet the Prime Minister in this regard soon.