Earlier, AAP had promised of 40,000 new emergency beds and 5,000 maternity beds.
In his first speech as Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged police to arrest and punish anyone who sports an AAP cap and engages in “hooliganism”. He said he was told that this had happened at public hospitals during the previous AAP government’s 49-day tenure.
A day later, Health Minister Satyendra Jain told Newsline that “trained” AAP volunteers would be deployed in hospitals to oversee their functioning. As Kejriwal pointed out in his speech, “unruly elements” couldn’t be “actual party volunteers”, he emphasised.
“Last time, there was a problem because random people would wear AAP caps and engage in hooliganism, disrupting work in hospitals. I remember an elderly gentleman who entered my office sporting an AAP cap when I was the health minister. He threatened me to get his work done fast. I found out that he had nothing to do with the party,” Jain, one of only two ministers from the old Cabinet, said.