Nitish Responsible for Botching Flood Relief Operation: BJP

Water level recedes at Buddha Ghat in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Despite clear signs of water receding in various rivers in Bihar, the death toll in the flood-ravaged districts went up to 168 following the three new deaths on Thursday.

While two deaths were reported from Lakhisarai, a third one reportedly got washed away in Samastipur district, officials said.

In Patna, water level was down by at least six inches from last week and many people in Digha area were seen returning to their homes or what was left of them.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain ripped into Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying he had utterly failed in providing relief to flood victims.

"This is a glaring example of massive failure of the Nitish government. Relief works are far from being satisfactory despite the fact that Bihar has faced worse flooding situation in the past. The government has failed in providing relief to the victims and had it not for the NRDF workers, the casualty due to flood would be much higher today," Rudy said.

Mocking the Nitish administration of playing politics over flood, the BJP leader said that in spite of the fact that Bihar had 'two Chief Ministers', read Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, the duo could not pull off satisfactory relief work in the state.

Hussain, on the other hand, chastised the Chief Minister for trying to put the blame on the Central government saying the flood disaster was entirely the doing of Nitish Kumar who, he said, had no idea about governance or administration.

"He (Kumar) very conveniently blamed the Farakka Barrage for the flood in Bihar. If he is really sincere about his opinion then he should talk to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and ask her to demolish the barrage to protect Bihar from flooding each year," he said.

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