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Gorakhpur not a picnic spot: Yogi Adityanath slams 'yuvraj' Rahul Gandhi

The chief minister also targeted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

Press Trust of India 

Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister today hit out at over his planned visit here saying the "yuvraj (prince) sitting in Delhi" cannot be permitted to make Gorakhpur "a picnic spot".

The chief minister, who inaugurated a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of the death of 71 children at the BRD hospital here, also targeted chief

"I feel that the shehzada sitting in ..Yuvraj sitting in will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it," he said, attacking Gandhi who is scheduled to meet the families of the victims and visit the BRD hospital today.

"If someone gives an open challenge to the self-respect of the people of Gorakhpur and eastern UP ...They will themselves come forward to fight such dreaded diseases through their awareness," Adityanath stressed launching the 'Swachch - Swasthya campaign' here.

Voicing hope that the campaign will be successful in checking encephalitis, he accused the previous governments of depriving the people of the state of basic facilities for their vested interests.

Stressing that more than treatment of encephalitis, checking its spread was important for which cleanliness and potable water were necessary, the chief minister said his government was working in this regard.

The chief minister, who has represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha five times, will also tour encephalitis and flood-affected areas.

The Congress has targeted the Aditynath Government over the deaths following allegations that the children who were critically ill succumbed due to oxygen shortage.

First Published: Sat, August 19 2017. 23:44 IST