As the media frenzy heightens over UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Kerala for the BJP’s padayatra rally in the state, the CPI(M) has decided to counter the hype with some snark.
In a tweet, the CPI(M) countered the BJP’s celebration of Yogi Adityanath with the words, “We invite UP CM Yogi to visit Kerala Hospitals to learn how to run Hospitals effectively!”
The taunt was a clear reference to the unprecedented death toll in UP hospitals, of mostly women and children. A total of 1317 children had died in the hospital during 2017. In one particular incident, 63 children had died in a span of 72 hours last month at Baba Raghav Das Medical college in Gorakhpur. The families of the deceased cited lack of oxygen as the reason behind the deaths. The UP government, though, denied the charges saying that the deaths occurred due to various other reasons like floods and encephalitis. They also fired one of the doctors, who was earlier hailed as a hero for saving many lives in the crisis, for ‘dereliction of duty.’
Adityanath, though, decided to hit back at the Kerala government, and said that the Kerala government should learn to run hospitals from his government instead.
“It is Kerala government that should learn how to run hospitals from UP government. More than 300 people had died due to dengue last year in Kerala. Dengue and Chikungunya related deaths are less in UP compared to Kerala. This government is hiding and manipulating information,” he said.
Yogi also took on the CPI(M) for political violence in the state. “Violence will not be tolerated in a democracy, therefore the CPI(M) political killings will be brought under control,” he said.
Courtesy: BJP Kerala
The Jana Raksha Yatra was launched on Tuesday by BJP president Amit Shah in Kannur, and the party has been attacking the Kerala state government for the political killings in the state, especially in Kannur. Amit Shah had thrown questions directly at CM Pinarayi Vijayan, asking him as to who was responsible for the killing of about 120 RSS/BJP workers since 2001.
The Kerala wing of BJP tweeted saying that UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be in the forefront of the Yatra on Wednesday from Kechery to Kannur.
The 15 day Yatra will hurtle through the state before it ends on October 17. Over a dozen BJP ministers are expected to join the Yatra in the coming days.