Appeal for Priya health bulletins

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Raiganj
  • Published 24.03.09
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Mohit Sengupta in Raiganj on Tuesday. (Nantu Dey)

Raiganj, March 24: The North Dinajpur district Congress has requested Deepa Das Munshi, the party’s candidate for Raiganj Lok Sabha segment, to regularly circulate a medical bulletin on the health of her ailing husband and sitting MP, Priya Ranjan Das Munshi.

District Congress president Mohit Sengupta said here today that the people of the constituency loved Priya and they were very eager to know about his health. “When he was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in new Delhi in October last year and later, when he fell ill at his residence in Kaliaganj, there were a few medical bulletins. But after he was shifted to Apollo, there have been no bulletins,” Sengupta said.

“The CPM is spreading rumours about Priya’s health. The district Congress leadership had to face a lot of questions from people in towns and villages while campaigning for Deepa,” said Sengupta.

“Even though we are telling the people about Priyada’s condition, the CPM was creating confusion among them. So, we have decided that we will circulate a medical bulletin either weekly or fortnightly among our supporters. We have requested Deepa to arrange for the bulletin, which we will read out at each and every election meeting so that our supporters know what the ground reality is,” he said.

When contacted, Deepa said her husband had fallen ill on October 12 last year and had been admitted to AIIMS. “After he was shifted to Apollo and his condition stabilised somewhat, no more bulletins were published,” she said.

Elaborating on Priya’s present condition, she said: “He has been out of the ventilator for quite some time. His capacity to digest cooked food has improved, but he can neither speak nor recognise anyone. His treatment is progressing and the doctors attending on him are hopeful of his full recovery.”

“I have heard that the CPM has been spreading rumours that Priya is well and is roaming around in a Delhi garden in his wheelchair and is reluctant to come to his constituency. We will have to quash all this by distributing the bulletin,” Deepa said.