The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) are at odds over the Sunday collapse of a bridge that was still being built in Bhagalpur, Bihar. As was to be expected, the BJP severely retaliated against the Bihar government for its collapse. On Twitter, BJP leader Amit Malviya questioned whether Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, and Tejashwi Yadav, his deputy, would quit due to the failure.
He stated that the bridge connecting Sultanganj and Khagaria over the Ganga would be inaugurated in 2020. He asked, “Will Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav resign immediately taking cognizance of this incident? By doing this, both the uncle and nephew can set an example in front of the country.”
RJD quickly reacted to it and blamed BJP for the fall in turn. The BJP’s leaders Nand Kishore, Mangal Pandey, and Nitin Naveen, according to the party, served as ministers from 2017 to 2022, when the bridge’s problematic spans were being built. It said in a tweet, “On April 30, 2022, a part of it fell due to the storm, even then BJP’s Nitin Naveen was the only minister.”
Along with Amit Malviya, other BJP politicians who have criticised the Nitish-led Bihar government include Shehzad Poonwalla and Shahnawaz Hussain. Nitish Kumar, according to Poonawalla, was busy organising an opposition conference when the “bridge of corruption” collapsed. “This is the second time the bridge has collapsed. Imagine the level of corruption!?1750 crores of taxpayer money take Jal Samadhi with the bridge. The bridge of corruption collapses even as Nitish Babu is busy attempting to be a bridge of opposition unity”, he said in a tweet. Shahnawaz Hussain demanded that the Singla business, which built the bridge in Bhagalpur, be the subject of an investigation.