Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP BK Hariprasad, who faced criticism for mocking the ailing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, on Friday claimed that the ruling party chief was not suffering from any flu. According to news agency ANI, Hariprasad cited his own sources in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Hospital where Shah is reportedly undergoing treatment.
“We have a report that he (Amit Shah) doesn't have any flu, we also know people in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), they said he is not admitted because of the flu. Let me get the facts then I will get back to you,” ANI quoted Hariprasad as saying.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Congress MP had courted controversy by mocking the illness of Shah, saying the BJP president was suffering from 'suar ka zukam' and was cursed by the people of Karnataka because he tried to topple the Congress-JDS government in the state.
"Amit Shah has got fever due to panic. He panicked as some MLAs (of the Congress) have come back. If he topples the Congress-JD(S) government, then he will have vomiting and loose motions. That is why he got swine fever," he had said.
Referring to the BJP's "Operation Lotus" to topple the Karnataka coalition government, Hariprasad said, "If he (Shah) continues to destabilise the Karnataka government, he will have to deal with even more serious diseases."
Shah had himself announced that he was diagnosed with deadly flu and being treated for the same. "Mujhe swine flu hua hai, jiska upchar chal raha hai. Ishwar ki kripa, aap sabhi ke prem aur shubhkamnao se shigarh swasth ho jayunga (I have been diagnosed with swine flu for which the treatment is underway. With God’s grace and good wishes from all of you, I will recover soon)," the BJP president had tweeted.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Shah on phone and wished him a speedy recovery. BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and Mahesh Giri also visited Shah at the AIIMS hospital. "Spoke to Amit Shahji who is undergoing treatment for Swine Flu at AIIMS and inquired about his health. I pray for his speedy recovery," Singh had said.