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Politics on Mumbai rains : BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress blaming each other

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As the Mumbai got heavy rains which has brought life to a standstill in the city, the city’s politicians are busy taking digs at each other. The BMC appealed to the people asking them to stay indoors and also requested schools to remain shut as another high tide is expected in the afternoon. An IMD forecast at 0800 hours on Friday said, “Intermittent rains/shower would occur in the city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur in some areas.”

Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam strated blaming the BJP and Shiv Sena-lead government by attacking the BMC saying that the their machinery has completely failed since BJP came to power. “It is one of the most corrupt organisations in the world. The functioning of the BMC has just collapsed. This failure is because of BJP and the Shiv Sena,” Nirupam said. He added that the BMC has failed to do its job on more than one occasion. “27 items were supposed to be distributed to schools open in Mumbai. Not one item has been distributed..In response, the Shiv Sena who control the BMC blamed the rain.”We don’t control the rains. It’s so bad, we cannot do anything,” Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant said. Additionally, he also blamed Mumbai roads saying, “It anyway takes two hours on the expressways in Mumbai with or without the rains.”

While Mumbai residents have questioned BMC’s competency every monsoon and under every political party, it is evident that the organisation has not done much to prepare for a downpour of this magnitude. Roads and railway tracks are submerged while many households have also complained of flooding. Currently, around 120 suction pumps have been pressed into service to drain out water in low-lying areas, according to a statement released by them.
While the MET department have predicted more rainfall for the next hours, it remains to be seen when life in Mumbai will return to normal.

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