Will face sedition charges if I speak too much: BJP MLA on Uttar Pradesh govt’s handling of Covid

A BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh joined the checklist of ruling celebration lawmakers in Uttar Pradesh who’ve expressed resentment over Covid-19 management in the state when he mentioned he might need to face sedition charges if he spoke too a lot.

Speaking to reporters, BJP MLA from Sitapur (Sadar) Rakesh Rathore additionally claimed that legislators haven’t any say within the functioning of the Uttar Pradesh authorities.

Vidhayakon ki haisiyat kya hai. Hum jyada kahenge to desh droh, raj droh humpe bhi to lagega [What is the status of an MLA? [If we speak too much, then we will have to face sedition charges],” BJP MLA Rakesh Rathore instructed reporters final week, in line with a video clip that surfaced Monday. “Do you think any MLA can put forward his point of view?”

Rakesh Rathore’s remarks got here in response to a question concerning the trauma centre venture in Sitapur district, which continues to be non-operational. Coronavirus Udpates on May 18

On being requested why the lockdown wasn’t being strictly enforced in Uttar Pradesh, which continues to grapple with coronavirus infections, the BJP MLA mentioned, “Everything is going very well…nothing better can be done.”

“I am not the federal government. But I can positively say that no matter the federal government is telling you, it ought to be thought-about as appropriate,” he said.
Asked why the district administration is lacking in efforts to control the crisis, the MLA said the government and administration are two sides of the same coin.

Rakesh Rathore has questioned his party several times in the past and has even been side-lined for his anti-party statements.

Last year, the BJP MLA was served a notice by the party after he was allegedly heard saying in a viral audio clip that the idea of beating plates to defeat the coronavirus as “breaking the record for foolishness”.

He was questioning the call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to beat thalis and light lamps during the first wave of Covid.

Other members of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh too have questioned Yogi Adityanath’s handling of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 9, Union Labour minister Santosh Gangwar complained to the chief minister about the situation in his Bareilly constituency, saying officials don’t take calls and government health centres send back patients for ‘referrals’ from the district hospital.

In a letter to Adityanath, he also complained about the “big shortage” of empty oxygen cylinders and the high prices of medical equipment in Bareilly.

A day later, BJP MLA from Jasrana in Firozabad Ramgopal Lodhi claimed that his coronavirus positive wife was not admitted to an Agra hospital for over three hours, with officials saying that beds were not available.

The upset MLA posted a video clip with his complaint on social media, causing embarrassment to the government.

Lodhi claimed that his wife was not given medicines and water on time.

“What will occur to a typical man when an MLA’s spouse can’t be given correct care,” he said in the video, alleging that his wife had to lie on the hospital floor.

In April, a “confidential” letter written by UP Law Minister Brajesh Pathak surfaced on social media. Pathak had lashed out at his state’s health authorities, complaining that beds for coronavirus patients were falling short and ambulances took hours to arrive in the state capital.

The minister did not reject the authenticity of the letter, which appeared to challenge the UP government’s claim that it is on top of the situation.

“I had written a confidential letter to the federal government,” he had instructed PTI, declining to share its contents.

(By Arvind Mohan)

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