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Assam MLA begs for forgiveness from public

Kolkata, Jul 23 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:28:14 AM IST
It is a sight to behold when a public representative sits on his knees with folded hands to seek forgiveness from his voters for not fulfilling his promises.
Believe it or not, this is what a Congress MLA belonging to the tea tribe community has done in front of his voters in full public glare, India Today reported.
Rupjyoti Kurmi, a Congress MLA, son of former Assam cabinet minister Rupam Kurmi, went down on his knees before some patients of a government-run hospital in his constituency Mariani in upper Assam’s Jorhat district.
The incident happened at Mahatma Gandhi Model Hospital located at Nakachari area under Mariani assembly constituency along the Assam-Nagaland border.
The Congress MLA went down on his knees before some patients and apologized for the failure to provide sufficient health services to the patients from the hospital.
Rupjyoti Kurmi is also the president of the hospital management committee and he realized that the people of the remote bordering area have not received proper service from the hospital.
The Congress MLA said that the state government had appointed eight doctors in the model hospital, but none of them were present in the hospital when he visited.
Rupjyoti Kurmi said, “The patients have faced problems for long. Earlier, I had filed a complaint before the health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding the absence of doctor’s and the minister informed me that the department had decided to cut a day’s salary for absence on duty. But the situation hasn’t changed.”
Similarly, Assam’s opposition MLA from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Anwar Hussain Laskar alleged that the present BJP-led Assam government has failed to provide health services to people from rural areas.
Laskar said, “These days there are no doctors in the hospital of rural areas in the state. Today Rupjyoti Kurmi apologized, tomorrow I will. We are being abused by the public.”
Reacting to the Assam Congress MLA’s act, ruling BJP MLA Kishor Nath refuted all allegations made against the state government and said that the Congress MLA is doing the act for taking political mileage and this is only a drama.
Kishor Nath said, “Previous Congress government had damaged the health sector in Assam and the present BJP-led government is now trying to restore it. There are lots of model hospitals in the state which were lying non-functional during the previous government, but these hospitals began functional after our government came to power.”
Most importantly, the Assam-Nagaland bordering areas are known as the Japanese Encephalitis epidemic area and several people die of the disease every year. However, this is not the first time that Kurmi has done something different.
Prior to this, he was seen carrying heavy gunny bags on his head helping labourers as well as ploughing the land with cows to assist the farmers in his area.

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