Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also in Gorakhpur on Saturday to launch a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak. The UP CM targeted Rahul saying the ‘yuvraj’ (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur ‘a picnic spot’.
“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 said taking a jibe at Gandhi, hours before the Congress leader’s visit to Gorakhpur to meet the families of the victims.
Countering the chief minister’s comments, the Congress said it only reflects the pettiness and panic that Rahul Gandhi’s visit will ensure justice to the victims.
“The chief minister took no action and he wants to divert the issue…he is belittling the position that he holds by such petty statements…,” said Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar.
Rahul Gandhi along with senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and RPN Singh visited the villages to meet families of the children who lost their lives and assured full support besides taking up the matter with officials concerned to check the recurrence of the deadly disease.
“They have lost their lives because of oxygen shortage. It is a government-made tragedy. The government must take action against the negligence,” Rahul said.
He also assured all possible support to the families of the victims. He is reportedly told security personnel to deploy ambulance accompanying his cavalcade for the aid of encephalitis patients