Kejriwal Makes 'outsider' Attack U-turn, Says 'not Stopping Anyone'

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Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday took a U-turn, by saying that he has not stopped any outsider from availing medical facilities in Delhi

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made a controversial remark over the utilisation of medical facilities by outsiders in Delhi, he has been forced to provide a rejoinder. Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Kejriwal clarified that he is not stopping any outsider to come to the country's capital. He said that he has never stopped anyone from availing the medical facilities  in Delhi's hospital. He said that it is his wish that the medical facilities all around the country should be as robust as it is in Delhi.

"In our Delhi, we never stop anyone from availing medical facilities or educational facilities. We have joined politics for social work. We are a new party. If we are able to provide facilities to those who need them, from any part of the country, if we are able to provide healthcare and educational facility to them, then there is nothing more satisfying than that. We want the medical facilities and the education facilities all over the country should be as robust as it is in Delhi," he said. 

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Arvind Kejriwal's outsider remark

Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday raised controversial remarks while addressing a gathering at the inauguration ceremony of a Trauma Centre at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in the national capital. Speaking about Delhi's government's medical facilities, providing free medical care to Delhiites, Arvind Kejriwal alleged the "people from outside" are coming and availing free benefits. He said that there are long queues outside the clinics because facilities meant for the citizens of the national capital are availed by others as well. Giving momentum to his remarks, Arvind Kejriwal stated that the government carried out a survey of a hospital on the Delhi border, which revealed that 80 percent of the patients were from outside the national capital. 

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"It has become difficult for people to get their treatment done in hospitals. That is why our government had ensured free treatment. Now citizens get medicines also. But the thing is there are a lot of people coming from outside to get their treatment done. We once conducted a survey of a hospital at the Delhi border and 80 per cent people were from outside Delhi. If you want to treat only people from Delhi, then these hospitals are sufficient. A person from Bihar buys a ticket worth 500 rupees and gets a operation of 5 lakh done for free in hospitals of Delhi." Arvind Kejriwal said. 

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