Kejriwal comment on health care sparks insiders vs outsiders rowUpdated: Sep 30, 2019 21:57 IST
: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were locked in a tussle on Monday after a statement by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the quality of government health care in the city and how it was a preferred destination for people from other state set off an insiders vs outsiders debate.
The BJP accused Kejriwal of “hating” people from Bihar, and the AAP hit back saying the allegations were baseless, and the opposition party was trying to create a false narrative ahead of next year’s assembly elections.
On Sunday, Kejriwal said: “The situation is such that a person from Bihar buys a ticket to Delhi for ₹500 and returns after availing free treatment worth ₹5 lakh. It makes us happy as they are people of our own country, but Delhi has its own capacity. How can Delhi serve people of the entire country? Hence there is a need to improve the health care services here.”
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the fact that Kejriwal had singled out people from Bihar showed his “deep-rooted hatred for Biharis, or Purvanchalis.”
The Purvanchali community plays a decisive role in Delhi elections and played a big role in the AAP’s spectacular performance in the 2015 assembly elections, in which it won 67 of the 70 seats.
“The BJP-led central government has already made treatment worth ₹5 lakh free under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. But Kejriwal has not implemented it here,” Tiwari added. “If Kejriwal has any personal and political enmity with me, he may say anything directly. Why humiliate people from Bihar, UP and other states by flaunting health services of his government?”
AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh hit back, saying the statement was being twisted on purpose. “AAP’s state president is from Purvanchal, we have ministers who are from Purvanchal, and we have 13 MLAs who are from Purvanchal. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal made a simple statement that the people from UP and Bihar come to Delhi for better treatment because the Delhi government has improved the health sector in the state,” Singh said.