GUWAHATI, May 25 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh today demanded that the iron tablets that are being administered to the girl students in the State must be tested again and stringent punishment must be meted to those found guilty in this connection.
The party also described Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s remarks regarding the situation arising out of iron tablet consumption by girl students as apathetic and shallow.
In a press conference held yesterday, Sarma had mentioned that the side effects in the girl students in Sonitpur that started showing after taking iron tablets was a normal condition. Sarma had also said that the condition of some of the girl students worsened because they had come in empty stomachs. “If students in Assam are coming in empty stomachs to schools, then who are those people who have availed the BPL cards?” asked the party pointing out that the Congress government has issued lakhs and lakhs of BPL cards in the State.
Meanwhile, AASU said that the remarks made by Himanta Biswa Sarma has proved his irresponsible attitude and his attempt to shield those involved in this racket of supplying spurious drugs.
The AJYCP has demanded a high–level inquiry into the matter. The student body has also dubbed Himanta Biswa Sarma as a ‘liar’.
The SFI, Assam State Committee too said that Himanta Biswa Sarma was resorting to lies to hide his own fault. The All India Democratic Students Organisation and the All India Mahila Sanskritick Sangathan have demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident.