Blame game erupts over Patna crisis; Giriraj's 'sardaar' jibe evokes counter-attack from JDU
Patna | Jagran News Desk: The flood-like situation in Bihar, particularly Patna, following incessant torrential showers has not only claimed 100 lives but has also led to a skirmish between the BJP and JD(U), leaving the apparent rift between the alliance partners wide open.
While the severe water-logging in the capital city has left thousands affected and an outbreak of dengue, the ruling alliance partners are busy playing the blame game over the situation.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh has attacked the Nitish Kumar government for its "inept" handling of the water-logging crisis.
Singh, who was formerly a member of the state cabinet, said, "Jab taali sardaar ko, to gaali bhi sardaar ko" (the leader gets het praise as well as the blame), when asked about the chief minister and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi coming under attack over the inundation of several parts of the city following torrential rainfall last week.
The scathing attack from the firebrand BJP leader, who has been a know detractor of Kumar and Sushil Modi, came on Friday, just two days after he had said in his Lok Sabha seat of Begusarai that the NDA "owed an apology to the people of Patna".
The remarks left JD(U) leaders fuming who came out with a barrage of retorts against Singh and the BJP.
"He (Giriraj Singh) is not even comparable to a speck of dust on Nitish Kumar's feet. One does not become a leader just by chanting the name of Mahadev (Lord Shiva) every now and then," JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh fumed.
Another party spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said that the BJP had a far greater share of blame for the crisis in Patna.
"Ever since the JD(U)-BJP combine has been ruling the state, the urban development portfolio has been with our alliance partner. The Mayor of Patna belongs to the BJP and so do the MPs representing the two Lok Sabha constituencies that cover the district. All the assembly segments in the city have been BJP strongholds since the 19990s," Prasad said.
Meanwhile, JD(U) national general secretary and chief spokesperson K C Tyagi expressed his anger calling Singh a “habitual offender”.
“Giriraj Singh has become a habitual offender. He is causing more damage to our alliance than Tejashwi Yadav (leader of the opposition in state assembly, belonging to RJD) could be capable of,” he said.
Tyagi said that Singh has been reprimanded in the past by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for his over-the-top remarks.
RJD jumped into the skirmish with its national spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha saying: “It is one of the rare occasions when we have found ourselves on the same page as a polarising BJP leader like Giriraj Singh. He is perfectly right in blaming the NDA government in Bihar for the Patna disaster.”
RJD national vice-president and former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh commented: "What he (Giriraj Singh) is saying makes perfect sense."
Meanwhile, BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav also lashed out at the Bihar government saying a system has been put in place in which the bureaucracy is out of control. "Areas of my Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency are water-logged but when I try to contact officials they do not show the courtesy of even picking up the phone," he said.
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