BJP chief JP Nadda on Thursday made comments about the progress of the AIIMS Madurai project.
Congress MP Manickam Tagore on Friday claimed that he visited the site of AIIMS Madurai after BJP chief JP Nadda shared the updates on the progress of the project. Sharing visuals of his visit, the Congress leader claimed that the building of the hospital “could not be found”. A Tamil Nadu BJP leader has, meanwhile, said that the BJP chief’s comments on the project were “misquoted”.
Tagore’s tweets came a day after the BJP chief — during his visit to Tamil Nadu — gave updates on the economy and other matters linked to the state and the nation. “I am happy to share that ₹1,264 crore was allotted for the AIIMS project. Today 95 per cent of the work has been completed. Very soon it will be dedicated by the prime minister to the nation,” Nadda said during an event. An additional amount of ₹164 crore was added for an infectious disease block, he said, stressing that the hospital would have 750 beds in total, and among these would be 250 ICU beds.
But Congress MP Tagore on Friday shared a series of tweets in a rebuttal. “Dear @JPNadda ji, Thank you for the 95% Completed #MaduraiAIIMS I and Madurai MP @SuVe4Madurai searched for one hour in the Thoppur Site and found nothing. Someone had stolen the building… Regards,” the leader said in one of the posts. Madurai MP Su Venkatesan accompanied him, he said.
He also posted a video. “Mr Nadda had spoken in Madurai. He had said that about 95 per cent of the work was completed,” he shared. “It’s very amazing that former minister lies about completion like this. This is the way they betray the people of Tamil Nadu,” the Congress MP is heard saying in the clip
Amid similar claims, a Tamil Nadu BJP leader has responded. “He (JP Nadda) said that 95 per cent of work towards starting of construction is completed and also said the construction will soon begin,” Narayanan Thirupaty, vice president, BJP, Tamil Nadu tweeted in response to a similar post by a journalist.