Samajwadi party chairman Akhilesh Yadav said on Monday that the BJP government was laying the foundation stone for several projects and inaugurating several more as it felt defeat in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.
His statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated nine medical schools in Uttar Pradesh and slammed the previous state government for “ignoring” the basic medical needs of residents of the Purvanchal region while “filling the coffers” of their families.
“Now that the elections are near and people are going to defeat them (the BJP), they are organizing such events,” said Yadav, when asked about the inauguration of medical schools. He asked why the existing medical schools “were not receiving” funds and why a medical university in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was still not fully functional.
The university in the name of Atal Bihar Vajpayee operates from the ninth floor of the Ram Manohar Lohia institute, which is also not getting the budget planned, he said. “Why the medical schools of Saharanpur, Budaun, Agra, Kanpur, Jaunpur, Firozabad, Jhansi, Banda, Azamgarh and even King George Medical University Lucknow are not receiving funding.
“Where was the government when it needed to ensure the availability of oxygen, beds, medicine and treatment for people during the second wave of coronavirus? It has left people orphans,” he said.
The state’s health infrastructure has collapsed, he said. When Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced to distribute tablets to students, Yadav said, âWhat has he been doing for over four and a half years?
The name of the old regime’s Samajwadi Purvanchal highway has been changed and its alignment has also been changed, he said.