Patna floods sparks political slugfest between BJP, JD(U)

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Patna, Oct 6: War of words erupted between alliance partners Janata Dal (United) and BJP and Union minister Giriraj Singh came under fire from the Janata Dal (U) after he criticized chief minister Nitish Kumar for his “inept” handling of the floods in Patna.

Giriraj Singh slammed the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar for “failing” to tackle the flood situation in the state’s capital, the JD(U) hit back at him.

The JD (U) dismissed Singh’s comments in Darbhangha on Friday.

“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 said.

Singh said that “a leader should accept praise as well as blame” as he held Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Modi responsible for the aftermath of the Patna floods that left parts of the state capital inundated.

JD (U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said that it was largely the BJP which was responsible 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.

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