CM warns babus after ‘no one dies of cold’ remark
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A day after IAS officer Anil Kumar Gupta stirred a controversy with his "nobody ever dies of cold" remark in the context of children's deaths in Muzaffarnagar relief camps, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday told officers to "control their tongue" and "check their language" while speaking in public or in front of cameras.
Principal Secretary (Home) Gupta, while claiming no child died due to the cold at the camps, had on Thursday said: "According to reports there are cases of pneumonia. No death has been reported due to cold. No one ever dies of cold. If people would die of cold, then no one would be alive in Siberia. Due to cold, you get pneumonia and other things follow."
After a cabinet meeting Friday, Chief Minister took an exception to Gupta's remark and said: "It is necessary to have control over tongue. Today is the world of TV and cameras, everything is recorded and then things go out of our hand to the hands of media."
He added: "Be it officials or partymen, while speaking about drawbacks or achievements of the government, they should keep a check on the use of words so that nobody's feelings are hurt. They should convey the point of the government instead of putting the government in the dock."
When asked if he would remove Gupta, he only said: "Ab ho gaya" (enough on this)".
Akhilesh also supported SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's theory that "conspirators" were living in the post-riot relief camps
"I have come to know announcements are being made about distribution of blankets on FM radio and that blankets for distribution to victims are being gathered at a mall. Now, it is up to you to find out the truth,"he said.
Expressing concern over the party's flagging image, Chief Minister said public representatives should act in time on law and order incidents reported in their regions. "There are two or three police stations or two tehsils under the constituency of each public representative. Whenever a law and order incident takes place, they (public representative) know both the sides involved. They should act in a manner to ensure that the party's image is not spoiled."