The medical crisis in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district has aggravated due to the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), as the death toll on Monday soared to over 100.
While chief minister of the state Nitish Kumar has been missing, distant and nowhere to be seen from the picture, his Minister amid the crisis has brazenly stated that the "chief minister is doing efforts that is important"
Speaking to Republic TV, the Minister from the Bihar government stated that nobody is aware of the cause of the sickness, however the government is distributing leaflets to raise awareness.
He said, "Nobody knows the cause, but as far as such illness is concerned, for people to come to the hospitals we have gone to homes distributing leaflets saying if any such symptoms are hinted they should go to the hospital."
"It's not about success, we have tried our best to raise awareness, people have also been aware but they are unable to use it, that is sad. You know Bihar and the country and despite the awareness, something is happening," he added.
When questioned about the JD(U) chief's absence, Minister shielding Kumar said that his 'efforts are important'
He said, "This is not a question as to whether the chief minister wants to come or not. He is doing efforts that is important. The Opposition has nothing to say, hence they are criticising Nitish. I came here as a representative, his efforts are important rather than his visit."
A day before, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey who is from the state chose to celebrate his party BJP's Lok Sabha victory over visiting the ailing children and distressed families in the hospital.
When a journalist asked him about his conduct, Minister Choubey lost his cool and displayed shocking high-handedness. He angrily responded and avoided answering the question and said that journalist was trivialising the serious issue in the state adding that he should not make such personal accusation.
He said, "I have nothing to say beyond what the Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said. You are asking a personal question. We have certain limitations. When I came to know about the issue I called Dr. Harsh Vardhanji and the people from the administration. Dr. Harsh Vardhanji had a meeting with me in Delhi. You are trivialising the important issue we are discussing here. The ministries have taken this seriously. I won't feel good if you charge me personally."
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday visited the district.