BJP and the Congress party leaders continued to lock horns over the transfer of medical staff at the Hamirpur zonal hospital. After winning the Hamirpur parliamentary seat and the Sujanpur assembly seat, the BJP criticised the Congress-led government in the state for its failure to provide medical facilities at the hospital.
Launching a scathing attack on the state government, BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said patients visiting the zonal hospital were being forced to go to Tanda Medical College in Kangra or IG Medical College, Shimla for treatment. “Though both these hospitals are adequately staffed the government has shifted some medical personnel from the zonal hospital to the Tanda Medical College.
The party will launch a protest against the transfers unless they are withdrawn, ” he said.
However, Prem Kaushal, who heads the Hamirpur marketing committee and is a close confidante of chief minister Virbhadra Singh, on Wednesday claimed at a press conference that all the required medical facilities were being provided to patients at the local hospital and dismissed allegations made by BJP leaders as baseless.
Rajendra Rana, former Sujanpur MLA and vice chairman of the state disaster management committee, said the BJP was in the “habit of winning elections on the basis of false promises” and had made “false promises” this time as well.