Assam Health Minister and BJP’s go-to man for the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, once more hinted on Monday that he won’t contest subsequent yr’s state meeting elections. The indication got here throughout his handle at an occasion within the capital metropolis the place he stated he would “wrap up his public life when people start choosing a government hospital over a private one”, and that this “change had started” in the course of the pandemic.
“I have been associated with the health department since 2006; barring one year, I was there for almost 14 years. We know how difficult it was to set up an ICU, bring people to work and make staff appointments. I had dreamed that between Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and private nursing homes, people should choose the government hospital. I wanted to warp up my public life with this change… things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Sarma stated.
He was addressing a gathering on the ceremonial distribution of appointment letters to 1,000 employees nurses below the National Health Mission and 219 ICU technicians below the Department of Health, Government of Assam, as a reinforcement measure to strengthen the well being workforce to battle COVID-19.
“In the last 45 days, I have received numerous calls from people that someone in their family is unwell and they want a cabin in the GMCH. When I’d say all cabins are occupied, they’d request for the patient to be accommodated in in the general ward. My suggestion to approach a private nursing home would be turned down. The dream which I saw in 2006, I see it coming true in the last one month,” stated Mr Sarma.
Last month, Mr Sarma had categorically said that he won’t contest subsequent yr’s state meeting polls in Assam.
Mr Sarma, who was earlier with the Congress, joined the BJP with a bunch of loyalists in 2015 and is seen as one of many key components behind BJP’s electoral success in Assam and the remainder of Northeast.
He can be the Chairman of BJP’s pan northeast anti-Congress political platform with different regional events, referred to as the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA).