Adityanath targets Rahul, says Gorakhpur not a ‘picnic spot’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Aug 2017 09:38:26


GORAKHPUR (UP),

Aug 19,

(PTI),

UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday took a jibe at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi over his visit here, saying the ‘yuvraj’ (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur ‘a picnic spot’. Gandhi hit back at Adityanath after visiting the family members of the victims, describing the deaths of children at a State-run BRD hospital here as “Government made tragedy”. He said the Chief Minister should not try to cover up the matter.

The Congress also returned the fire, saying the eastern UP town was not a “picnic spot” but “a spot of virtual murder”. The Chief Minister targeted Gandhi while launching a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at the BRD hospital here. “I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..Yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it,” the Chief Minister said taking a dig at Gandhi, hours before the Congress leader’s visit to Gorakhpur to meet the families of the victims.

“If someone gives an open challenge to the self-respect of the people of Gorakhpur and eastern UP... They will themselves come forward to fight such dreaded diseases through their awareness,” Adityanath stressed, launching the ‘Swachch Uttar Pradesh - Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign’ here. After meeting family members of victims, Gandhi said Government should take action and not try to cover up the matter as “it is absolutely clear that oxygen shortage and laxity were the reasons for the tragedy.” “All those whom I met told me that oxygen shortage led to the death of their children. Many families were given ambu bags (a manual resuscitator) and they pumped it for hours...It is very clear that it government-made tragedy,” he told reporters. “The Chief Minister should not try to cover up (the matter) and action should be taken against the guilty. This is my message,” he said.

“I have come to this hospital earlier too and told Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the media that this hospital needs money as there are too many shortages, but no action was taken,” he rued. “Modiji speaks of new India (but) this kind of new India we do not want, we want hospitals where poor people take their children (for treatment) and come back happily,” he said. He also complimented the media for raising the issue. “...I want to thank them for this (highlighting the issue)...It is not a matter concerning Uttar Pradesh but is a national tragedy, it is indicative of health care of the country, we cannot work in this manner,” he said.

Hitting back at the chief minister for his barb, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the chief minister was the Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur where the tragedy took place, and accused him of reducing the debate over medical negligence to such “cheap politicking”. “He has insulted the sacred memory of those helpless and poor children who died, by reducing the debate to such cheap politicking as a picnic spot,” he told reporters in Delhi.