Patna: With Bihar battling floods despite receiving less than normal rains and the Ganga flowing 23 cm above the extreme danger level, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, in an utterly insensitive remark, said, “it’s fortunate and welcome sight to find the Ganga at one’s doorsteps”.
Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday told flood victims in his state that they are lucky as not everybody gets Gangajal in his home. “You are fortunate that the Ganga has reached your homes. It does not always happen. In most cases you go to it,” he told reporters.
It is believed that Lalu’s jibe was aimed at the BJP, which recently came up with a scheme for making Gangajal available to people at their doorsteps through post offices.
Though Bihar has received 14 per cent less rains than normal during the monsoons, the flood situation has remained grim in the state for last two days and is likely to worsen as water discharged from Ban Sagar dam in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday has now reached Bihar, which has again swelled Sone and Ganga river.
Large parts of the state have been flooded due to high rain fall in Nepal besides states like Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Districts like Buxar, Arrah, Chapra, Vaishali, Patna, Begisarai, Khagaria, Samastipur, Munger and Bhagalpur, which are along the Ganga basin, are witnessing an increase in the water level.
Around 135 houses were washed away today due to erosion in river Ganga while 20 villages were submerged in flood waters with the rising water level of the river having crossed the extreme danger level in Malda district.
The former Bihar chief minister’s comment came on the day when flood victims held demonstrations across the state, expressing anger over the type and amount of government aid that has been provided to them so far.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking the Centre’s intervention as he insisted that desilting the river Ganga is the only solution to avoid the almost annual occurrence of floods.