More than 100 children dead, Is the onus on the Mantri’s? | India Upfront With Rahul Shivshankar

On India Upfront With Rahul Shivshankar, more than 100 children have died because of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The first sign of this crisis came about two weeks ago but the Ministers in Bihar did nothing about it. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan should have called for an urgent review meeting with the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar 10 days ago. When he was questioned he snubbed the media. MoS Health Ashwini Choubey was spotted yawning and allegedly ‘snoozing.’

We ask- Why are the majority of the spokespersons and senior leaders from the JDU and BJP avoiding questions from the media?
Is this the ‘ease of living’ and ‘ache din’ that NDA promised to bring on returning to power?
Having failed to prevent the deaths of more than 100 children, shouldn’t the union health minister and the Bihar health minister step down?
Can the Deputy Chief Minister be out of the state when the state is dealing with a severe health crisis?
Can Netas in Bihar absolve themselves of any accountability for the crisis, having failed to prevent deaths despite outbreaks in the past?
Shouldn’t Dr Harsh Vardhan have summoned an urgent meeting during the start of the outbreak to take preventive measures?
Doesn’t the conduct of MoS health and Bihar state health minister indicate a lack of seriousness in dealing with a tragedy?
By singling out consumption of lychee as the reason for the outbreak, are Netas evading accountability for their failure to improve medical infrastructure?


India Upfront with Rahul Shivshankar is a new age debate show separating news from propaganda. Every night at 8PM IST, arguments are put forth basis the hard facts, for the nation to assess on TIMES NOW by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief, Rahul Shivshankar. The show focuses on facts that give the viewer a clear picture of the latest news, issues and a perspective that helps India make a decision on where they should stand.

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