Lalu questions doctors posted at health minister’s residence

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PATNA, Aug 12 (PTI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday accused Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey of misusing his position by deputing doctors at his home.

Prasad sought to turn tables on the BJP which had earlier raised a similar charge against him and his family when his son Tej Pratap was the health minister.

He alleged four doctors had been put on duty at state Health Minister Mangal Pandey’s residence along with an ambulance and questioned the silence of the BJP leaders on the issue.

“The BJP had raised hue and cry over a similar situation when some doctors and an ambulance were stationed by former Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav to cater to needs of the people thronging him for help. But why are they silent now?” Prasad told reporters.

The RJD chief showed an official letter dated August 1 purportedly putting doctors in rotation at the new health minister’s residence in support of his charges.

Prasad sought the resignation of the health minister for allegedly misusing the ministerial position.

However, Pandey accused the RJD president of ‘spreading lies’.

Pandey told PTI that for five days from August 2-7, some doctors were at his official residence to provide service to the public and dispose of some official work.

“Since I was new to the ministry and did not know much about the department, doctors were there at my official residence to help the public with their medical needs. But, after five days when things were streamlined they were withdrawn from residence,” he claimed.

The senior BJP leader launched a scathing attack at the RJD president for drawing comparisions of the incident with the one when Tej Pratap was the health minister.

“During RJD’s time doctors and ambulance were on round- the-clock duty at 10 Circular Road residence of Rabri Devi to serve the family but in my case they were there for a short period of time to help the public,” he claimed.

“It’s my official residence and neither I nor my family stays in the bunglow. My official bunglow is used for disposal of official work and catering to the problems of needy,” he said.

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