Tejas wades into water, breathes fire

Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday waded through knee-deep water in Ashok Nagar of Kankarbagh, asking the people about the problems they face every monsoon and taking aim at chief minister Nitish Kumar for the civic mess.

By Amit Bhelari in Patna
  • Published 2.08.18
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Plod protest: RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav wades through the waterlogged Ashok Nagar in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Patna: Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday waded through knee-deep water in Ashok Nagar of Kankarbagh, asking the people about the problems they face every monsoon and taking aim at chief minister Nitish Kumar for the civic mess.

He pulled up his pyjamas and walked through the dirty water to meet residents. Housewives told him the water even enters kitchens. Many came out to see him interact with residents in an area dominated by BJP voters.

Tejashwi first met the family members of Ajay Prasad Gupta in road number 8-B. Gupta said that waterlogging woes have plagued the area residents for the past 15 years and that the local MLA (Arun Kumar Sinha of the BJP) never visits them.

"It is the heart of the city and chief minister Nitish Kumar is running the state for 13 years. What kind of smart city Nitish ji talks about when people are unable to come out from home due to waterlogging? If the water recedes, there would be threat of diseases," Tejashwi said.

At the house of Sohan Thakur, the women asked him to intervene. When he saw two women looking at him from a nearby rooftop, he asked: "Do you face this problem every year? Do you see the administration people coming to your locality? How do you people live here?"

The women said they face this problem every year, and that the administration is not bothered.

Another resident Atul Anand said the water has been stagnant for five days.

"Nitish's government is good for nothing; they just talk big but do nothing. The whole country has seen how the second-biggest state government hospital NMCH turned into an aquarium. Nitish ji only sleeps and it our governor who is active in Bihar," Tejashwi said.

Local MLA Sinha claimed he has been visiting the area almost every day. "I have met the urban development and housing department minister and was camping at the sump house to ensure the water is drained out from the locality. Kankarbagh is a low-lying area; that is why the water accumulates here. I want to ask Tejashwi ji what he did for Kankarbagh during 15 years of his party's regime," he said.