Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled visit to Gorakhpur on Saturday will intensify the ongoing political battle over a large number of deaths of children at the BRD medical college.
“The chief minister will be here on a day’s visit to inaugurate ‘Swachch Uttar Pradesh - Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign’ which will be carried out between August 20-25 in all the districts,” BJP spokesman of the region Satyendra Sinha said.
The chief minister will launch the campaign from Andhiyari Bagh locality and will also tour encephalitis and flood-affected areas, he said.Gandhi will also arrive here tomorrow in connection with the death of children in the BRD medical college hospital, Congress district unit president Sayed Jamal said.
Till Friday, the death toll in the BRD hospital since August 7 was 71 due to various causes including encephalitis.Some of the deaths were alleged to have been caused by shortage of oxygen, a claim dismissed by the Uttar Pradesh government.
With PTI inputs