Yogi wakes up after 70 deaths,takes broom to clean Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath picked up broom in his hands on Saturday while launching a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at the BRD hospital 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.

Speaking on the occasion he targeted Rahul Gandhi, who met the families of the victims of Gorakhpur tragedy, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, he said "yuvraj (prince) sitting in Delhi" cannot be permitted to make Gorakhpur "a picnic spot".

"I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it," he added.

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

"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 Uttar Pradesh - Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign' here .

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.

News24Bureau/PTI