Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, on Thursday, targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party over waterlogging after the first monsoon showers, particularly in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s native town Gorakhpur, saying it was the result of rampant corruption in the government.
While taking a jibe at Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav shared pictures of waterlogging in Gorakhpur on Thursday on his twitter handle and wrote, “This is the punishment of lack of development under BJP's rule. BJP's scale of corruption: 'Jal Nagar' Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur tourism is inviting you to say: Swim for a few days in Gorakhpur!”
It may be mentioned here that every year UP faces floods during monsoon. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had reviewed the flood management on Wednesday in a meeting with all the district magistrates. He had expressed satisfaction over the feedback from the officials but said that the flood management programme should be started in November-December instead of starting the work in June. He had instructed all the rescue teams including State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to be on alert. Despite this, politics started with the first monsoon showers.
According to the Meteorological department, a rain alert has been issued in UP till July 3. There will be torrential rains in many districts. During this, there is a possibility of strong winds and lightning in many places. The weather in state capital Lucknow is pleasant. Many districts of Purvanchal have also received heavy rains. In many districts, including Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Basti, Orai, the temperature has come down due to heavy rains. Moderate to heavy rain is likely across the state including western UP.
Meanwhile, a red alert has been issued regarding rain in Budaun, Farrukhabad and Kannauj. Orange alert has been issued for heavy rain and thundershowers in Lalitpur, Jhansi, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Auraiya, Etawah, Mainpuri, Etah and Kasganj in western UP. Apart from this, a yellow alert has been issued for Chitrakoot, Banda, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Sitapur, Hardoi along with Agra, Firozabad, Hathras, Mathura, Aligarh, Bulandshahr, Amroha and Sambhal in western Uttar Pradesh.