Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is now on the target of a leader of his own party. With the case of death of 107 children in Kota in December 2019 and so far in January as his ruse, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot visited the JK Lon Hospital today. He met the families of children who died during treatment in the hospital. Pilot targeted his own government during the visit, saying responsibility for the deaths must be fixed.
Rejecting the logic of the chief minister that fewer children had died in the hospital than casualty under the old government, Pilot said, “It has been 13 months since we came into government. Blaming the old governments will not work. The government’s stand is not satisfactory.”
Pilot, while talking to reporters, said, “We do not have to get caught in the figures. Let us take the discussion out of the data trap. It is not acceptable to those who have lost their children. When the mother who has kept her baby for nine months in the womb finds her child dead, she alone knows the pain. We have to convince people that we will not accept such occurrences any more. We have to fix responsibility. If so many children have died, there must have been some shortcoming.”
This statement of Pilot spells trouble for the INC government. Chief Minister Gehlot’s statements on this entire matter have been disputed, which the opposition has termed as irresponsible. The statement of Pilot will give the opposition more ammo to fire at Gehlot. This is not the first time that there has been a rift between Gehlot and Pilot. The duo shares a love-hate relationship since the day Gehlot was made the chief minister and Pilot his deputy.
From the archives
Chief Minister Gehlot had tweeted about the death of children, saying, “Government statistics on the death of children in JK Lon Hospital in Kota show that 963 children died this year while in the year 2015, as many as 1,260 children lost their lives. The figure was 1,193 in 2016 when the state was ruled by the BJP; 1005 children died in 2018.”
But the deputy chief minister said, “We do not want to get caught in the data trap.”
INC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “I have taken account of the issue and a Congress team has gone there to get more information on the matter.”