Former Chief Minister of Bihar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday, criticised the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of neglecting Bihar. Lalu made these statements in reference to the Bihar floods. He compared the flood situation to that of Kashmir and said that the Prime Minister had provided them with a lot of funds but Bihar remains neglected. Lalu himself has been a subject of criticism since he expressed his opinion that the flood victims should feel blessed that the river Ganga had come to their doorsteps.
Lalu had earlier urged the Prime Minister and Central Government to pay attention to the Bihar flood victims. The former Chief Minister had termed the floods as a divine calamity as he visited the affected areas. He had also blamed the BJP-ruled state of Jharkhand for having released excess water without any prior information, which had caused the floods. Official reports suggest that crops worth crores of rupees have been damaged. The communication is most of these affected areas has been completely flooded.
The flood situation in the state remains to be grim as the water discharged from ban Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh reached Bihar. The floods have taken a heavy toll as at least 37 people have been killed and 31.33 lakh people affected in 12 districts of the state. The National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have deployed more than 12 teams to tackle the calamity. Earlier on Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apprise him of the flood situation in the state.