“We (when in government) had sent funds for encephalitis treatment and control in Gorakhpur …People are now complaining that the funds being sent have been stopped..On the one hand, Modiji (lays foundation stone of AIIMS) and on the other, funds are stopped,” he said during a two-hour-long roadshow here.
The Congress Vice President, who visited the encephalitis ward at the BRD Medical College here, said while the UPA government had “moved a couple of steps forward” for checking the disease, the Modi government has “retracted two steps” in that direction.
Children continue to die of acute encephalitis syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the area every year, he said.
Attacking the “suit-boot ki sarkar”, Gandhi said, “If he (Modi) wants to run such a government, he can as he is the Prime Minister and we cannot stop him, but if he has waived loans of big industrialists, he will have to do the same with the poor and the farmers.
“You will also have to help the weaker sections…Farmers are dying, you will also have to help them. We have started this yatra for this purpose and will take it to Delhi,” he said.