Bihar’s JDU-BJP government has faced considerable flak for its insensitivity over the rising number of deaths in Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. According to some estimates, more than 300 children have died due to this disease in the last month alone with most deaths being reported from the city’s two hospitals. It had taken 17 days for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to finally visit the hospitals in Muzaffarpur. The state’s health minister Mangal Pandey was either busy attending the BJP’s national executive meet or seen bothered about the score from the India-Pakistan cricket match from England. Joining the hall of shame is Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who flaunted his photo with the newly crowned Miss India on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter, Modi wrote with a glaring sense of pride, “The winner of Femina Miss India 2019, Suman Rao, met me at my 5 Desh Ratna Marg residence as a courtesy.”
No sooner did Modi post his photo with this year’s Miss India, he began to face incessant trolling. Journalist Swati Chaturvedi wrote, “People 150 kids have died in #muzzafarpur but, I know my priorities.” Journalist Rifat Jawaid tweeted, “He’s the deputy CM of Bihar, where more than 300 children have died because of incredibly poor health infrastructure. They are still dying. But no. his priority is to spend time with a beauty queen from Rajasthan. How does it matter? He knows he will be back as Dy CM again.”
He’s the deputy CM of Bihar, where more than 300 children have died because of incredibly poor health infrastructure. They are still dying. But no. his priority is to spend time with a beauty queen from Rajasthan. How does it matter. He knows he will be back as Dy CM again. https://t.co/ahoFCnKRtM
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) June 25, 2019
Moments after Rifat’s tweet, Modi decided to take down his photo with the beauty queen.
This, however, did not stop netizens from questioning Modi’s priorities at a time when children were dying in Muzaffarpur due to his administration’s negligence.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has sought a response from the Central and Bihar governments on the steps taken to prevent deaths of children due to the AES outbreak in Muzaffarpur.