While Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Tuesday flayed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for failing to provide adequate relief to flood victims, BJP leader LK Advani said he would meet Prime Minister on Wednesday to request him to find both long and short term solutions to the problem of recurrent floods in Bihar caused by rivers originating in Nepal.
Prasad, who returned here after visiting the flood-affected districts of Saharsa, Supaul, Madhepura, Purnia, Katihar and Araria, said, “it is not a normal flood but tsunami” and the Centre has rightly declared the ravages caused by the river Kosi as “national calamity”.
He said relief was not being made available to the marooned people in the flood-hit districts due to the casual approach of the Chief Minister and his officials overseeing the relief and rescue operations.
Charging the Chief Minister with having scant respect for flood victims, Prasad said there was great resentment against Kumar and state Water Resources Development Minister Brijendra Prasad Yadav in the flood-affected areas.
On the other hand, Advani asked the Bihar government to turn the challenge thrown up by the devastating floods wrought by the Kosi into an opportunity and lauded the Nitish Kumar government for its efforts to mitigate the sufferings of the deluge-hit people.
“Since the recurrent floods in Bihar caused by rivers originating in Nepal have international dimensions, I would meet the Prime Minister tomorrow to seek both long and short term solutions to the problem in coordination with the government in the Himalayan country,” he told reporters after making an aerial survey with Nitish Kumar, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and other senior NDA leaders.
“Being a public representative from Gujarat I saw ravages caused by the floods at Morvi, the plague in Surat and the earthquake in Kutch and also saw the spirited fight by the people in rebuilding these places, which present a better picture now than when they were not struck by the calamity,” Advani said.