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