In a series of tweets, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati attacked Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi for not speaking about the unfortunate deaths of 100 children in the Kota district of Congress-ruled Rajasthan.
On Thursday morning, in three tweets in Hindi, the former CM accused Rajasthan's Congress government and chief minister Ashok Gehlot of being ‘insensitive’, ‘indifferent’ and ‘irresponsible’ to the deaths of children in Kota. “This is highly condemnable,” she said.
1. कांग्रेस शासित राजस्थान के कोटा जिले में हाल ही में लगभग 100 मासूम बच्चों की मौत से माओं का गोद उजड़ना अति-दुःखद व दर्दनाक। तो भी वहाँ के सीएम श्री गहलोत स्वयं व उनकी सरकार इसके प्रति अभी भी उदासीन, असंवेदनशील व गैर-जिम्मेदार बने हुए हैं, जो अति-निन्दनीय।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) January 2, 2020
“But even more condemnable is the fact that the Congress’ top leadership, especially, its woman general secretary, is silent on this issue. It would have been better if she (Priyanka Gandhi) she had met poor mothers who lost their babies in a similar manner she is meeting (family members of those killed in anti-CAA violence in UP),” Mayawati said.
2. किन्तु उससे भी ज्यादा अति दुःखद है कि कांग्रेस पार्टी के शीर्ष नेतृत्व व खासकर महिला महासचिव की इस मामले में चुप्पी साधे रखना। अच्छा होता कि वह यू.पी. की तरह उन गरीब पीड़ित माओं से भी जाकर मिलती, जिनकी गोद केवल उनकी पार्टी की सरकार की लापरवाही आदि के कारण उजड़ गई हैं।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) January 2, 2020
In an obvious reference to Priyanka Gandhi, Mayawati targetted her without naming her. She further blamed the Congress government for displaying carelessness that led to the deaths of so many infants.
Over 100 newborn babies have died in government-run hospitals in Kota over a period of the last few days. 10 deaths were reported on January 1 alone.
Mayawati said that if Gandhi does not go to meet the families in Kota who lost their children, then her meetings in Uttar Pradesh would be merely ‘political selfishness’ and pure 'drama'. “The public of UP needs to be alert,” she cautioned.
This dig at Priyanka Gandhi did not go unnoticed by Congress. Countering Mayawati's unnecessary and unsolicited jibe at their general secretary, the party's spokesman Virendra Madan said that no parallel could be drawn in what is happening in UP and the deaths of newborn babies in Rajasthan.
“In UP, Priyanka Gandhi is raising people’s voice since the government was trying to quell it, while in Rajasthan the government and its chief minister were dealing with the issue of deaths of infants due to medical reasons will all seriousness,” he argued.