The flood situation in eastern Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Bihar is grim. Rising waters of the River Ganga and its tributaries in the two states has already forced lakhs to flee their homes for safer areas. Around 30 people have reportedly died in the two states.
Vast swatches of lands are under the water, houses and roads lie submerged and all connectivity remains cut off.
The rising water level of the River Ganga has submerged the ghats in Varanasi.
In Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, the water of the Ganga is rising at the rate of 1 cm/hour. The water level has already breached the danger mark of 71.26 meters and is expected to touch 72.60 meters by Thursday morning. The record flood level in Varanasi is 73.90 meters, which happened in 1978.
Modi wrote on Twitter that his office is coordinating with authorities in Varanasi to help people in distress.
Now contrast this with what Lalu Prasad Yadav said when he met flood victims in Bihar.
According to reports, the former Bihar chief minister was touring flood affected areas in his state with his son, Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav.
Reports say that Lalu told the flood-hit residents of Fatuha and Bakhtiarpur blocks in Patna that they are “fortunate” to have Ganga at their doorstep.
Lalu Yadav during an aerial tour of flood-affected areas of Bihar. Twitter/Lalu Yadav
“You are fortunate that the Ganga has reached your homes. It does not always happen. In most cases you go to it,” he is heard saying to the media while addressing hundreds of distressed people. He is further heard telling the confused villagers to offer milk to the Ganga once it subsides. JD(U) leader KC Tyagi defended Lalu Prasad’s statements said, “Nothing wrong should be read into his statement. Since he is of religious bent of mind and what he said was to assuage the people and keep faith.”