DAYS after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wrote to the Union Health Minister, requesting him that a cancer hospital be set up at Chandauli district, it has come to light that local BJP MP Mahendra Nath Pandey had met J P Nadda in July over the same issue. He was then told that for the project to come up, a proposal by the UP government to the Centre was essential.
On August 25, Pandey had met Akhilesh at his Lucknow residence and urged him to request the Centre to set up a high-level cancer hospital in the district. Akhilesh, on August 31, had written to Nadda, while referring to the MP’s request. He had also assured that the state will provide land if Centre decides to establish the hospital.
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This comes nearly two months after BJP MPs staged a two-day dharna in front of the Vidhan Bhavan alleging that the ruling SP was ignoring their proposals related to development works because of political vendetta.
When contacted, Pandey said: “The Centre plans to set up 60 cancer hospitals across the country. Hence, I met the CM so that a proposal is sent to the Union government for setting up a cancer hospital in Chandauli.” The MP added that he also told the CM that there is sufficient land available in Chandauli district hospital premises that can be used for the cancer hospital.
“The Union health minister had told me that a formal proposal will be needed from the state government concerned for the hospital. He suggested that I ensure that the UP government sends a proposal,” Pandey added.
Chandauli is adjacent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi. “The BHU Hospital has limited resources. It cannot cater to all cancer patients coming from eastern UP and western Bihar districts,” said the MP.