He had also said that the floods in Bihar was caused by the sudden release of water by BJP-ruled states. Taking strong exception to Lalu's statement, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said he has made fun of the flood victims by making such statement.

"On one hand the state government has failed in carrying out relief and rescue operations for flood affected people and on the other hand, Lalu Prasad is making fun of the flood victims by his insensitive statement," Sushil said. This is being done to deflect people's attention from relief and rescue operations, he said. Replying to Lalu's remark on water released by BJP-ruled states, the BJP leader said the flood was caused by the release of 11 lakh cusecs of water from Indrapuri barrage and Lalu should know that the barrage was in Bihar and not in any BJP-ruled state.

Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan expressed surprise over Lalu's statement saying it rubbed salt on the wounds of flood victims. He said the Centre would make foodgrains available to Bihar in adequate quantity if the state government makes a demand in this regard.

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