Bengaluru has had unprecedented rainfall in recent days, with flooding in several regions. Political parties including the BJP and Congress have sparked a political row over the soggy city that has come to a standstill
While several parts of Karnataka’s Bengaluru are plagued by floods, power outages and traffic disruptions due to incessant rainfall, political parties are starting to point fingers at each other.
Karnataka Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai has placed the swampy southern capital’s responsibility on previous congressional governments as the big old party strikes back.
Other parties, including Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), have also joined the political brawl.
How did the floods in Bengaluru lead to a political squabble? What is the weather forecast for Bengaluru in the coming days?
Let’s take a closer look at that:
Basavaraj Bommai Attacks Congress
Basavaraj Bommai spoke to reporters in Bengaluru and addressed the “mismanagement” of previous congressional governments in the state due to the current situation. Bommai accused the party of “unplanned governance” in the state, claiming that Congress’ previous dispensations had authorized “right-left-center” construction activities in the lake areas, on the tank embankments and buffer zones.
He said they didn’t think about maintaining the lakes.
Karnataka’s chief minister added that his government has taken up a “challenge” to improve things now and has allocated Rs 1,500 crore for stormwater drainage development, PTIA reported.
Congress Condemns BJP Government
Siddaramaiah, senior Karnataka congress leader and former prime minister, attacked the saffron party government, saying that the city’s lakes and rainwater runoff have been affected. While his government had begun an effort to clean up the stormwater runoff, the BJP government has failed for the past three and a half years, The The Bharat Express News quoted Siddaramaiah as asserting.
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar mocked the BJP government for the flooding in the city and asked: “Has the BJP government, which boasted of making Bengaluru a world-class city with modern amenities, forgotten that? ? Who built bad infrastructure in a world-class city?”
Congress leader Milind Deora said climate change alone is not to blame for the floods in Bengaluru and Mumbai.
“Floods in Bengaluru and Mumbai cannot be attributed to climate change alone. That’s a handy excuse from those in power,” he wrote on Twitter.
Listing possible reasons for the disaster, Deora added, “The real culprits are municipal corruption, civic apathy, unsustainable urbanization and total disregard for urban reforms.”
Karnataka Congress leader Lavanya Ballal shared a video of BJP MP and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha National President Tejasvi Surya on Twitter in which he can be seen enjoying dosa. Ballal claimed the clip was from September 5 and wondered if Surya has visited flood-hit areas yet.
“Tejasvi Surya enjoyed a good breakfast while Bengaluru was drowning. Has he visited even one area affected by the flood?” asked the spokesman for the Karnataka Congress.
‘Friends in Hyderabad won’t like it’
Telangana Minister and TRS Chairman KT Rama Rao, popularly known as KTR, came to the defense of the IT hub, reprimanding those who mocked the swampy Begaluru, saying “no Indian city is immune to catastrophic effects of climate change” .
Speaking to the Union Minister of Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, KTR stressed the demand for “bold reforms in urban planning and governance”.
No Indian city (including the capital of my state) is immune to the catastrophic effects of climate change today
If India is to continue to grow, we need well-regulated, coordinated capital allocations from Union and state governments, combined with radical infrastructure upgrades
— KTR (@KTRTRS) September 5, 2022
He went on to say that he is aware that his tweet will not be liked by some “friends in Hyderabad” because “we have been taunted in the past by some Bangladeshi leaders in similar situations.”
“But if we are to grow as a nation, we must learn from each other’s experiences and demonstrate the power of the collective will,” added the son of Telangana Prime Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
I am aware that some friends in Hyderabad will not like what I said
Because in the past we were taunted by some Bengaluru leaders in similar situations
But if we are to grow as a nation, we must learn from each other’s experiences and demonstrate the power of collective will
— KTR (@KTRTRS) September 5, 2022
AAP questions BJP over Bengaluru death
After an 86-year-old man died of a heart attack on September 1, at his home on Sarjapura Road in Bengaluru, Mahadevapura Assembly president Ashok Mruthyunjaya attacked local BJP MLA Aravind Limbavali.
Srinivasa Ramarao, 86, dies of a heart attack at his flooded house in the Rainbow layout of Doddakannelli. Family could not immediately take him to hospital. ArvindLBJP responsible for loss of life. Pls reply,” he asked in a tweet.
Unfortunately, there will be no respite from the torrential rains in Bengaluru for the next few days.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) – Met Center Bengaluru has forecast heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning in Bengaluru district until Sept. 9. Coin reported.
Some areas of the city saw 150 percent more rain than usual, while Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli and KR Puram regions saw 307% more rain than usual from September 1-5. PTIA reported.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Prime Minister Bommai has said his government will release Rs 300 crore to deal with the flooding situation in the city and repair damaged infrastructure including roads, electric poles, transformers and schools. PTIA reported.
The Bommai government has also allocated Rs 1,500 crore for the construction of stormwater drains in Bengaluru.
With input from agencies
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