Water-Logging In Bhubaneswar: BJD’s Shreemayee Mishra Launches Satirical Attack Over MP Aparajita Sarangi’s Tweets


Bhubaneswar: Another Twitter war has erupted between Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the saffron party raised the issue of poor drainage system after heavy rain triggered an urban deluge in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Today, BJD General Secretary, Shreemayee Mishra lashed out at Bhubaneswar MP and former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, on state capital’s flash flood condition after incessant downpour. Mishra termed Sarangi’s statement as ‘ridiculous’ after the Bhubaneswar MP made the state government responsible for the flood-like situation that occurred in the state capital.

“This is our ‘SMART’ Bhubaneswar today! After 21 years of Governance, this is what it is! Parliamentary Standing Committee, GoI, has advised the State Govt for a Drainage Develpt Plan & its early execution. Is this lethargy or indifference? Can we justify this?,” MP Sarangi had said in a Twitter post on Sunday. Sarangi today went around the city to take stock of the situation and again posted a statement raising questions over the state government’s preparedness to tackle urban flooding.

“Went to Bhubaneswar Railway Station area this morning. No drains, no disposal. Suffering everywhere. Tell us-we are there to support you. But Governance is yours. Pl wake up from’Kumbhkaran’ slumber; 21 YEARS! Residents of Bhubaneswar will have to take to streets,” the ex-administrator Tweeted on Monday.

Hitting back at her, BJD leader said,” Honourable MP, Aparajita Sarangi’s statement on Bhubaneswar drainage system issue is totally ridiculous. This condition of Bhubaneswar is exacerbating her incapability as she was a former BMC commissioner. While BJP is boasting the Gujarat model for other states, Ahmedabad’s pictures after heavy rains depicts the goround reality. Hence She should refrain from such cheap politics.”

In another post, Mishra said, “Honourable MP, who was the BMC Commissioner for 3 years from 2009-06 has done a lot of good work with her developed brain. As a result, Bhubaneswar residents are suffering now. We are welcoming your work as a former BMC Commissioner. Thank you.”

Reportedly, heavy rain since Saturday morning caused water-logging in several parts of Bhubaneswar and affected normal life across the city. With the drainage system of the city proving ineffective, most of the low-lying areas in the city remained inundated in the flood water for hours. The perennial problem of waterlogging also gripped Acharya Vihar, Bomikhal, Rasulgarh, Old Town, VSS Nagar, Mancheswar, and many other parts.

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