BJP sees red over Rahul`s rallies near hospitals
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 20:17
Panvel (Maharashtra): The selection of venues in the vicinity of hospitals and schools for the rallies of AICC General secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thusrday had the opposition BJP fuming with the party alleging violation of the model code for the October 13 elections.

BJP alleged that the Congress leader's poll campaign meetings in Panvel and Aurangabad caused inconvenience to patients.

The rally at panvel was held next to the Government rural hospital, while the one at Aurangabad was scheduled adjacent to the casualty ward of MGM hospital.

As roads were blocked and tight security arrangements were in place at the Shree Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj ground in Panvel, the rural hospital saw decline in the number of patients coming to OPD in the morning, hospital staff told agency.

On an average, around 300 patients are examined in the OPD every day. "Today, very few patients visited as roads to the hospital were blocked," a staff member said.

BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said there was a violation of poll code as the rally was held outside a hospital. "Before granting permission for the rally, local authorities should have ascertained if there was any violation of the poll code," he said, adding patients were inconvenienced due to loudspeakers in the vicinity, he said.

Saraswati Shinde, whose neighbour delivered a baby yesterday in the hospital, said, "the blaring loud speakers caused discomfort to both the baby and mother."

A stone's throw from the ground, at the Yakub Baig High school and Junior College, exams were on even as the rally was in progress.

"The windows of examination halls had to be shut so that the examinees could concentrate," said Abu Kacchi, who runs an eatery outside the school.

Somaiya, a former BJP MP, said in Aurangabad that the rally was organised on a ground next to MGM hospital, causing discomfort to patients.

Raigad Collector Subhash Sonawane confirmed that a complaint has been received from BJP alleging poll code violation in Panvel.

"We have asked officials at Panvel to go into it and submit a report," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 20:17

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