DIPHU, May 6: Four days after finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Diphu to review the progress of construction works of Hill Medical College, the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) described his visit as “unwanted” and said his visit might influence the counting process of the Lok Sabha elections in the autonomous District (ST) constituency.
“His visit before counting of votes of Lok Sabha elections in the name of inspecting under construction building of Hill Medical College is unwanted. His visit could have been scheduled after the counting of votes on May 23,” the ASDC said in a press statement here Monday.
On May 2, the minister inspected the construction site of Hill Medical College and announced that Diphu Civil Hospital (DCH) will be clubbed with Hill Medical College and Research Centre once it is completed.
ASDC general secretary and former CEM of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Jotson Bey said, “The ASDC strongly opposed Sarma’s visit in Diphu because it may influence the process of counting of votes. Further, the foundation stone of the medical college was laid by him, when he was minister for health & family welfare in the last Congress regime under the then chief ministership of Tarun Gogoi.”
“Sarma continued to be minister of health & family welfare till date. He has got more than sufficient time to complete the building and start the functioning of the medical college, but has failed. So, his visit to Diphu before the counting of votes in the name of announcing the functioning of the medical college was very unfounded and doubtful,” Bey said.
“If the minister is so interested about the health care of the people of the hill district, he should visit all the hospitals,” he added.