Lalu, Tejaswi Take Shots at Nitish over Dam Collapse in Bhagalpur

RJD leaders Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejaswi Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: The shoddy work on the Rs. 389 crore dam on Kahalgaon canal in Bhagalpur that ultimately led to its collapse a few days ago causing much embarrassment to the Nitish government provided much needed fodder to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) camp that was looking for any reason to ridicule the NDA government after being the target of their assaults for the last several months in view of the ongoing CBI probes against many of the party's first family members.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, in his own inimitable style, mocked the Nitish administration saying the dam was built like 'batasha' (a sweet confection) that melted with the slight contact with water.

Taking a shot at Water Resources Minister Lallan Singh, Yadav said that first the minister blamed the rats for the devastating flood in North Bihar so would he now blame crocodiles for destroying the dam in Bhagalpur?

Demanding a probe in the dam collapse, the RJD chief said that the Chief Minister and the Water Resources Minister could not escape from their responsibilities in the faulty structure of the dam built at the cost of nearly Rs. 400 crore.

Yadav's son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, who like his parents, remains under the scanner of CBI probes, also took digs at the Nitish administration saying the dam collapse must have been the result of rats eating away its base.

"They blamed the rats for drinking away more than 9 lakh liters of alcohol in Bihar so it must be rats again who caused the damage to the Kahalgaon dam," he quipped.

As reported, the Planning Commission had approved the project 40 years ago in 1977 with an initial cost of Rs. 13.88 crore. However, it was only in 2008 under the first NDA rule in Bihar the project was revived with a new price tag of Rs. 389.31 crore.

The project was to help irrigation in both Bihar and Jharkhand state.

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