Yogi’s remark on parents has Congress calling for his head
UP Chief Minister implies people need to take responsibility, not rely on govt for everything AIADMK’s Dhinakaran camp will also meet President, seek CM Palaniswami’s ouster
A political storm has gathered after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s remark that people were so irresponsible as to even consider shunning responsibility of their children and “leaving them to the government’s care”.
The statement has come at a time when infant deaths particularly due to endemic Japanese Encephalitis in Yogi’s own constituency, Gorakhpur, are mounting.
At a function on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said: “Falani jagah kooda pada hua hai. Hamare andar civic sense nahin hai. Ham safai karna bhi nahin chahte. Ham yeh mante hain ki nagar palika ki jimmedari hai .... Jaise ki ham sabhi jimmedari se mukt ho gaye hain. Jaise ham logon ne apni jimmedari sarkar ke upar thel di hai. Mujhe to kabhi kabhi kabhi yeh bhi lagta ki ek samay ke baad kahin aisa na ho ki log apne bachche jaise ek saal do saal ke honge to sarkar ke bharose chod denge ki sarkar hi inka palan poshan kare. (There is garbage everywhere. We don’t have civic sense. We don’t want to clean up. We believe that only the municipalities, corporations and the government are responsible for cleaning. It is almost as if we are freed of all responsibilities. I fear that a day will come when their children, when they are one or two years old, will be left in the care of the government. It would be government’s responsibility to look after them.)”
290 deaths in Aug alone
The statement came on a day when PK Singh, Principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, disclosed that a staggering 290 children have died in the month of August alone, of which 213 died in the neo-natal ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward. There have been 1,250 deaths since January this year at the hospital in the encephalitis, infant and children’s wards.
The Opposition was quick to call Yogi out and demand his resignation, describing his comments on parents abandoning children as “shameful”.
Addressing a press conference in the Capital, the Congress’s UP unit chief Raj Babbar and Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari said the “arrogant and utterly insensitive” Adityanath should be sacked immediately. Opposition parties and the TTV Dhinakaran faction of the ruling AIADMK continued to mount pressure on the Tamil Nadu Governor to take action against the Edappadi K Palaniswami government.
An Opposition delegation led by the DMK will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday to demand that the Palaniswami-led government prove its majority in the Assembly.
Last Saturday, DMK Principal Secretary Durai Murugan, who led a delegation of opposition parties, submitted a memorandum to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao urging that Palaniswami prove his majority in the 234-member House. The State’s principal Opposition made this demand after 19 members of the 134-member AIADMK government told the Governor that they no longer support Palaniswami.
On August 22, in separate letters to the Governor, 19 MLAs supporting Dhinakaran said they no longer have confidence in Palaniswami. But they continue to support the AIADMK government.
Representatives of the Dhinakaran faction told the media on Wednesday that they would escalate their demand to the President for removing Palaniswami as Chief Minister in a couple of days if the Governor does not take action.
The group met Chief Whip S Rajendran to submit their explanations for meeting the Governor last week. The Chief Whip had last week recommended to Speaker P Dhanapal that the 19 MLAs be disqualified after they made direct representations to the Governor.
The fallout within the ruling party follows the rapprochement between two factions led by Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, the former chief minister. Panneerselvam was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister on August 21. Both have announced their decision to oust Dhinakaran and his aunt VK Sasikala, the general secretary of AIADMK from the party. They have called for a meeting of the general council on September 12.
Governor faces criticism
Meanwhile, the Governor has drawn flak from opposition parties and the AIADMK’s Dhinakaran faction for not taking action in line with their demands.
A delegation of opposition parties including Thirumavalavan of the VCK and communist parties also met with
Yogi has warned parents of little children in UP that his government is not responsible for them...This arrogant Chief Minister has no empathy for the hundreds of poor mothers and fathers who have lost their little ones
the Governor on Wednesday. Following the meeting, Thirumavalavan told media persons that Rao had commented that since the 19 members continue within the AIADMK, the issue is an internal party affair.
“Governor Rao told us that under the present circumstances he cannot intervene and the law does not give room for it,” he told reporters here.