BJP Member of Parliament (MP) and former union minister Ram Kripal Yadav fell into a river near Patna on October 2, when he was on his way to check on a flood-hit area under his constituency.
The incident took place in Dhanarua block of rural Patna, which falls under Pataliputra Lok Sabha segment. Yadav, who is representing Pataliputra for the second consecutive term. was riding a contraption made with the help of tyre tubes tied to bamboo shafts, apparently on account of non-availability of boats, to cross the Dardha along with some of his supporters.
The contraption was about a few yards from the shore when it tilted and all those aboard, including the MP, fell into the river.
Onlookers who were standing on the banks of the river to receive the lawmaker dived into the river and Yadav was promptly rescued.
The MP remained unconscious for a few seconds during which the people fanned him with their 'gamchas' (towel) to help him recover after which Yadav -- looking haggard from the shock and suffocation -- was led to his destination.