To avoid inconvenience to patients, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday cancelled his visit Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital, India Today TV reported. Earlier in the day, Rahul paid a visit to families of children who lost their lives in BRD medical college tragedy. ANI reports that around 71 children have lost their lives in the BRD hospital since August 7 due to various causes including encephalitis. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had targeted Rahul over his planned visit to the hospital. The chief minister had said that “yuvraj (prince) sitting in Delhi” cannot be permitted to make Gorakhpur “a picnic spot”, PTI reports.
The chief minister made his remarks while inaugurating a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in Gorakhpur. The chief minister also targeted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. “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 was quoted as saying by PTI.
“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 was quoted as saying while at the launch event of the ‘Swachch Uttar Pradesh – Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign’ here .