In the midst of continuing political blame-game over devastating floods, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday did some plainspeak.
"It is no time to discuss who is at fault for the breach in the embankment. The reality is the utter devastation caused by the floods, which has rendered lakhs of people homeless," he said on his arrival at Saharsa.
Ramdev said that it was time for the Centre and the State to work in coordination to lessen the problems of the aggrieved and prevent further damage. "If the blame game continues, the task of repairing the embankment by April next year will remain incomplete and there will be a greater disaster next year," he added.
Ramdev said the ious for the breach could not be put on Nepal only. "The fact is that there has been a breach and we always knew what it could do. There has been fault on our part as well," he said, saluting the spirit of the Armed forces, which rescued people without any expectation of credit.
Ramdev also had a dig on visits by political leaders. "They come with a cavalcade, distribute material they carry with them, deliver speeches and go away. Here the misery is far greater and requires sustained effort. This is not the place for exhibition of clout, nor is it the time for philanthropy for vested interests," he added.
Ramdeo visited several camps run by the Patanjali Yogashram at Saharsa and Madhepura. He assured all help to the marooned people not just for a few day, but till they returned to the villages. "I have neither set a time frame nor specified the number of beneficiaries. There are 20 camps of Patanjali Yogashram and they will ensure that nobody returns hungry, even if the number touches 10,000," he added.
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Even as Ramdev sermonized, politics reigned supreme at several camps, with posters of different political parties conspicuous all over. Apart from relief camps, there are several 'food joints' being run by political parties, where while the victims take their food, non-stop speeches of political leaders go on.
Ramdev said it was time for selfless service for a long period. "There are many NGOs which come here for five hours or five days and disappear after hogging limelight. The media has done a commendable job by bringing floods onto the nation's prime agenda. They should also keep watch on the activities here," he added.