Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi brought two more issues - the spate of children's deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and the shortage of fertilisers - within the poll ambit on Thursday.
The disease has killed 450 children in 30 districts of the state in three months. JE is transmitted by mosquitoes and causes inflammation of the membranes around the brain.
At the behest of Gandhi, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Gorakhpur and inspected the wards of the BRD Medical College Hospital to review the facilities, said state Congress spokesperson Akhilesh Prasad Singh.
On Wednesday, chief minister Mayawati had directed the commissioners of Gorakhpur and Basti to take immediate preventive measures to control the situation.On September 29, the state government had announced a R22 crore package to upgrade the facilities for JE patients.
Azad told mediapersons the ministry of health and family welfare had planned to draft a time-bound programme to check the spread of the killer disease. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas RPN Singh accompanied Azad.
Gandhi, meanwhile, visited Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency, and stepped up the attack on Mayawati against the backdrop of her letters to PM for supply of fertilisers.
He alleged the stock sent by the Centre was being sold in black instead of reaching farmers in the poll-bound state. He told farmers at a meeting the state government was anti-poor.