Manjhi, who recently courted controversy for his off-the-cuff statements, seemed to be at it again when he targeted government doctors for their “apathetic and lackadaisical” attitude at government hospitals.
“Education and health are essential needs of everyone. When a Dalit falls ill, he first goes to sorcerer and later to a government hospital where he faces a lot of problems. You just saw how I pulled them (doctors) up for being negligent towards treatment of the poor”.
The CM added: “Agar garibon ke ilaaj ke saath khilwaad hua, main haath kaat dunga. Jeetan par koi sitam ho… log kehte hai main budhoo hoon (If there is any negligence in treatment of the poor, I will chop off their (doctors) hands. I am ready for any punishment.People call me a fool)”.
Manjhi also referred to the drug purchase scam in which several officers had come under scanner. “You have seen how the government has come down hard on people involved in drug scam,” said the CM, whose controversial statements in the past have left the grand alliance embarrassed.
Manjhi had recently suggested raising the age for marriage to 25 years for both boys and girls to “deal with problems with child malnutrition”. He had also invited sharp political reactions after alleging that a temple in Madhubani was cleaned after his visit during Assembly bypoll.