BJP Leader Blames Nitish Kumar for Deadly Boat Accident

BJP leader and Central Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at the PMCH on Sunday.

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Patna: Central Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, like his party colleague Sushil Kumar Modi, blamed the Nitish administration for the Saturday boat tragedy in the Ganga that resulted in the death of 25 people including many children.

While visiting the survivors of the accident being treated at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Sunday, the Central Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held Chief Minister Nitish Kumar responsible for the loss of over two dozen lives insisting the state government failed to make proper arrangement for the visitors' transportation.

"The Chief Minister must assume moral responsibility of the tragedy and take stern actions against those who were found guilty of failing to make safety their number one priority. It has been reported that only 20 boats were arranged by the administration to ferry nearly a lakh visitors between Patna and the diara area. If this is true then the Chief Minister must be held accountable for failing to micro-manage the event like he did during the Prakash Utsav," the Union Minister said.

Prasad accused the Nitish administration of failing to learn lessons from other recent tragedies like the Chhath tragedy in Patna when 24 people died after a bamboo makeshift bridge at the Adalatganj Ghat collapsed in 2012, and the 2014 Gandhi Maidan tragedy during Durga Puja Ravan Vadh when a stampede resulted in the death of 32 people.

"You would think that the Chief Minister would have learnt lessons from these tragedies but with yet another disaster under Nitish Kumar's watch, it is evident that he has no interest in such 'small things'," the BJP leader said.

Other BJP leaders including Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Ram Kripal Yadav also met with the family members of the victims at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) ghat and the PMCH and demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister on moral grounds.

"Nitish Kumar had once resigned from his Railway Ministry post following a train accident. That was when he was part of the NDA but now we are dealing with a different person who is only hungry for power and self-glorification," Choubey said.

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