The war of words between the BJP and Opposition over management of the floods continues with the Congress and its senior leadership being accused of politicising the rescue and relief operation. This follows former chief minster Prithviraj Chavan’s allegation last week that the government was biased against the flood-hit western Maharashtra and may have responded differently if it had affected Vidarbha, a BJP stronghold and home to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. State unit BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari pointed out that the CM had cancelled his Vidarbha tour and returned to Mumbai to hold an emergency cabinet meeting. “He then went to New Delhi to participate in the last rites of Sushma Swaraj only to come back and visit Kolhapur the same day. This CM is 24×7 focussed. He even cancelled a tour to Russia,” said Mr Bhandari. Comparing the relief work to that during the 2005 floods, Mr. Bhandari said while over a thousand people had died then, not everyone was adequately compensated by the then government. Not everyone benefited from the State’s schemes and the Congress should ponder over the fact that it left Mumbai to fend for itself under the watch of its then leader from western Maharashtra, he said. “Mr. Chavan should be concerned about the work done by his party’s government during the 2005 floods,” Mr. Bhandari said.
India’s Ayonika Paul competes during the Women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting competition at the 17th Asian Games at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon in South Korea on Monday, September 22. AP Photo.India on Monday finished sixth in the women’s 10-metre air rifle event that saw the Chinese team being stripped of the world record and the gold medal after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games.The Indian team comprising Ayonika Paul (417.7), Apurvi Chandela (413.8), and Raj Chaudhary (407.6) finished sixth with a tally of 1239.1. Ayonika, a silver medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also qualified for the final after she finished third in the qualifying round.The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, breaking the previous world record set by their own teammates last year by 0.1 point, according to the games’ site.Zhang later got disqualified for using unauthorised equipment for the event, costing her country the gold and the world record, which would have been the first from shooting at this Asiad in South Korea’s Incheon city.Iran moved up from silver to gold with 1245.9 points, and South Korea grabbed silver with 1241.6. Singapore won bronze after getting 1241.1.In the team component, the combined scores of three shooters for each country in the individual qualification round determine the medalists.