Politics over Water Train in Uttar Pradesh

Slamming the brakes on a water train sent by the Centre for parched Bundelkhand, the UP government on Thursday said the crisis was “not as serious“ as in Latur. BJP accused the Samajwadi Party government of “gross insensitivity“ and asked it to make use of the train to ferry water to the region. The state, however, requested the Centre to provide it 10,000 tankers for distributing water in the region.“UPCM @yadavakhilesh requests GOI for 10,000 road tankers to distribute water in Bundelkhand from available water resources around the region “ the CM's office tweeted.
With an eye on the 2017 assembly polls, parties are trying to take credit to resolve Bundelkhand's water crisis. SP, which is in office, has accused local BJP members of asking the Centre for a water train to snatch credit from the Akhilesh Yadav government, which has distributed relief packets in the region. A train with 10 empty wagons has reached Jhansi. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said the Centre doesn't want to indulge in politics, adding all possible help would be given to the state.

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