BJP, AAP spar over Ke­jri­wal’s com­ments on Delhi hos­pi­tals

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New Delhi: BJP on Mon­day ac­cused AAP of “hu­mil­i­at­ing” the Poor­van­chalis in Delhi, prompt­ing the rul­ing party to hit back. A day af­ter CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal claimed that good med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the cap­i­tal at­tracted peo­ple from out­side Delhi, lead­ing to over­crowd­ing in city hos­pi­tals, state BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari won­dered “why it pained the CM if a per­son from Bi­har or any other state gets treat­ment in Delhi”. Ti­wari added: “If Ke­jri­wal has per­sonal or po­lit­i­cal en­mity with me, he may say any­thing di­rectly. Why hu­mil­i­ate peo­ple from Bi­har, UP and other states by flaunting the health ser­vices of his gov­ern­ment?”

While lay­ing the foun­da­tion stone for a trauma cen­tre at San­jay Gandhi Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, Ke­jri­wal had said: “Health fa­cil­i­ties in Delhi are the best in the coun­try. To­day, some­one from Bi­har can take a Rs 500 ticket to the cap­i­tal, get free treat­ment in our hos­pi­tals and re­turn hap­pily. It is a mat­ter of pride and hap­pi­ness for us that peo­ple from en­tire coun­try have con­fi­dence in Delhi gov­ern­ment’s hos­pi­tals, but it is im­por­tant that health fa­cil­i­ties im­prove in other states too.”

Last week, AAP had taken a dig at Ti­wari, say­ing the BJP leader would be the first to be evicted from Delhi if the NRC ex­er­cise was im­ple­mented here. Ti­wari has been de­mand­ing NRC for Delhi to re­move “for­eign­ers” liv­ing il­le­gally in the city.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, Ra­jya Sabha MP Vi­jay Goel said Ke­jri­wal was try­ing to “hold peo­ple from Bi­har re­spon­si­ble for his fail­ures”. He said: “State­ments made dur­ing the last few days by the CM have hurt the sen­ti­ments of peo­ple from Poor­van­chal. We will con­tinue our ag­i­ta­tion till Ke­jri­wal apol­o­gises to the peo­ple of Delhi.”

Hit­ting back, AAP leader San­jay Singh said the rul­ing party had no is­sues to raise ahead of the assem­bly polls. “It’s BJP that threw out peo­ple from UP and Bi­har from the states ruled by it, whether it was Gu­jarat or through NRC in As­sam. But then no one from BJP talked about it,” Singh said. He added that BJP lead­ers were lev­el­ling al­le­ga­tions against Ke­jri­wal be­cause they wanted to di­vert at­ten­tion from the Chinmayana­nd case.

“AAP’s state pres­i­dent is from Poor­van­chal, we have min­is­ters and 13 MLAs who are from Poor­van­chal. Ke­jri­wal made a sim­ple state­ment that peo­ple from UP and Bi­har come to Delhi for bet­ter treat­ment be­cause of the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in Delhi gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals,” Singh added.

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