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Bihar minister Tej Pratap deploys government doctors for kin's treatment

14 Jun 2017 | By Gogona Saikia

The RJD is under fire after Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav recently deployed a government medical team to the family's Patna residence to treat a "family member".

The team was stationed there during May 31-June 8, the same time when his father Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD chief, had expressed inability to attend the birthday celebrations of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

In context: RJD slammed for private deployment of govt doctors

14 Jun 2017Bihar minister Tej Pratap deploys government doctors for kin's treatment

TeamTej Pratap is also chairman of Patna's IGIMS

Sources said Prasad had been suffering from fever. Patna's Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science confirmed Tej Pratap had asked for a five-member team.

Pratap is also the hospital's governing body's chairman.

The team comprised two nurses and three doctors: Aman Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Krishna Gopal.

"We cannot say no. Being a minister, he will get preference," said IGIMS medical superintendent PK Sinha.

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PoliticsRJD defends Tej Pratap's actions, ally Congress in support

The BJP slammed the RJD for private deployment of government doctors. "At a time when healthcare is in such a sorry state, three top doctors were deployed for the health minister. Where will the common people go?"

RJD defended by saying the doctors weren't stationed full-time, but visited twice daily. Ally Congress spoke in its support.

JD(U), meanwhile, steered clear of the controversy.