Published On: Mon, Nov 11th, 2013

Congress moves EC against Dr Harshvardhan’s polio eradication claims

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 New Delhi: Spelling fresh trouble for BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Delhi Dr Harshvardhan, Congress on Monday approached the Election Commission complaining that he had made distorted claims on polio eradication.

According to reports, Congress had earlier slammed Dr Harshvardhan over his polio eradication claims, one of the campaign themes for BJP for the Delhi Assembly elections, and threatened to move Election Commission (EC) demanding cancellation of his nomination.

Ridiculing BJP as being “Bahut Jhoothi Party”, AICC General Secretary for Delhi, Shakeel Ahmed, also said that Harshvardhan was showing a syndrome of resorting to lies.

“Harshvardhan was health minister of Delhi between 1993-98. In 1998, reported polio cases in Delhi were 47 and 73 in 1999. How he eradicated polio?” Ahmed questioned in a post on social networking site ‘Twitter’.

Talking to reporters later, Ahmed said, “When he remitted office in 1998, there were 47 cases of polio in Delhi. Figures show that the number rose to 73 in 1999. So how did he eradicate the disease if the number of polio cases rose the next year?

“BJP is running a series of election advertisements on radio, latching on to the false claim about Harshvardhan. If it does not withdraw these advertisements from all media platforms, including radio, within 24 hours, a Congress delegation will meet Election Commission on Monday and demand that the nomination of the BJP leader be cancelled as he was misleading the people by spreading lies,” he said.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, had a few days back launched the revised edition of Harshvardhan’s book on polio eradication, ‘A Tale of Two Drops’.

She had also raised a call for “eradicating the Congress like Harshvardhan eradicated polio”.

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