Taking a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that no ‘Yuvraj’ from Delhi will be able to understand the issues faced by Gorakhpur and the efforts required to counter encephalitis — disease that claims several lives in his Gorakhpur constituency.

Addressing a gathering, CM Yogi Adityanath said that encephalitis is a serious concern and asserted that cleanliness is of utmost importance to weed out the disease. He slammed the opposition for using the recent tragedy — over 70 children died within a week in BRD hospital — as a political launch pad.

“What were the previous governments in Uttar Pradesh doing to control the disease in Gorakhpur,” said Yogi. This is no picnic spot, added CM.

He said that the governments in last 12-15 yrs ruined institutions in Uttar Pradesh for their selfish motives by institutionalizing corruption. They kept people deprived of facilities.

“I started a movement against Encephalitis; when it comes to it prevention is better than cure & it starts with sanitation,” said Yogi.

Launching a cleanliness drive ‘Swasth Uttar Pradesh’ campaign, the CM said that while the state government will take all the necessary steps to counter the disease, he also emphasized on the role of the people to maintain clean and hygienic surrounding.

The ‘Swachch Uttar Pradesh – Swasthya Uttar Pradesh’ campaign is slated to be carried out between August 20-25 in all the districts.

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The reaction from CM Yogi comes on the same day as Rahul Gandhi will visit Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College Hospital to meet the patients after the tragic death of children allegedly due to disruption in oxygen supply.

Earlier, firing cannons at the Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, BJP spokesperson Zafar Islam said that despite knowing that the people of this country are ‘fed-up’ of him, he keeps seeking ‘photo opportunity’.

Zafar Islam said that Congress party and its VP are always in the look out of such opportunities where they can get clicked while listening to people’s ordeal despite knowing that people are fed-up from their governance.

The report of Rahul Gandhi visiting the BRD hospital was confirmed by Congress district unit president Sayed Jamal.

Since August 7, more than 70 deaths were reported due to various causes including encephalitis. Some of the deaths were alleged to have been taken place due to the shortage of oxygen, a claim which was dismissed by the Uttar Pradesh government.