With Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) national vice-president and former union minister, Raghubansh Prasad Singh, raising fingers on the distribution of relief materials among the flood victims, the opposition got unexpected weapon to attack Nitish Kumar alleging the government has failed to provide required assistance in terms of relief materials and otherwise to the flood victims. RJD happens to be senior partner of the coalition government in Bihar.
Singh has written a hard-hitting letter to the chief minister, highlighting about the plight of the flood victims. His letter says “The chief minister has made announcement of providing rice, pulse, potato, salt and masala at a fixed quantity to each of the flood victims staying in the relief camps and at flooded villages. But none of these materials are being given to them”.
The RJD senior leader said that during his visit to a number of floods affected villages in Vaishali district he found the victims were crying for the relief. “When I inquired about the no-distribution of food stuffs among them, the concerned officers informed that they do not have information about the announcement of the chief minister”. He has also urged the chief minister to give rupees 6000 to each victim besides arranging compensation against their damaged crops.
Sushil Kumar Modi, senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister, told Tehelka, “Our allegation against the state government on the issue of distribution of relief material among the floods victims stand vindicated by the letter of Raghubansh Prasad Singh”. He alleged that the entire machinery of the state is busy to make prohibition a complete success, leaving the other issues including floods at god’s mercy.
Meanwhile, according to state disaster management department, 200 people have lost their lives in the floods that have now started receding in all the 12 affected districts.