Yogi Adityanath Accuses Rahul And Sonia Of Making A Picnic At Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been at the centre of a controversy for the death of around 100 children in a Gorakhpur government hospital, hit out at his rivals on Saturday and accused them of making Gorakhpur a picnic spot.
Attacking Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav without taking their names, he launched a cleanliness drive to fight diseases in Eastern UP. It is the place where thousands of people die because of water and vector-borne diseases.
It may be recalled that both the opposition leaders constantly demanded the resignation of the CM over the death of at least 30 children in two days in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, due to alleged lack of oxygen.
“Yuvraj sitting in Delhi and Shahzada in Lucknow can’t understand the importance of the cleanliness drive launched by the government,” Adityanath said in a Dalit colony in Gorakhpur.
“For them (Akhikesh and Rahul), Gorakhpur is a picnic spot,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi scheduled his visit to Gorakhpur on Saturday to meet the families of the victims. Meanwhile, Akhilesh on August 14 announced a financial assistance of Rs 2 Lakh to the kin of the deceased.
Asserting that nobody should be given permission to make a picnic trip to Gorakhpur, Adityantha accused the previous state government for not joining the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Adityanath is facing a storm of criticism for the poor infrastructure at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur, which he represented for about two decades in Parliament, but has denied any responsibility. His government has admitted to an oxygen shortage, but has attributed the deaths to encephalitis.
But rivals argue out that repeated letters by the oxygen supplier to the government and hospital authorities for clearance of payment were ignored over several months.
The government to counter the criticism of opposition leaders launched a sanitation drive similar to Swachh Bharat Mission between August 19 and 25.
Yogi Adityanath, who was in Gorakhpur on Saturday, claimed that he fought for encephalitis affected children for two decades and even appealed to the previous governments to undertake sanitation drives.