Congress Launches Online Fundraiser To Shame PM Modi Into Keeping His Promise

| June 23 , 2018 , 17:11 IST

The Congress party on Saturday launched a fundraising campaign to help Odisha resident Muktikanta Biswal realize the dream of having a super speciality hospital constructed in Odisha. This campaign comes days after the party launched a massive campaign against the PM for not holding upto his promise.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in April 2015 promised that the Ispat General Hospital will be turned into a super speciality hospital in Rourkela, Odisha. This was also part of the BJP’s election campaign in Odisha. Addressing a cheering audience Modi said the government had decided to construct a super speciality hospital in the city.

Who is Muktikanta Biswal?

Muktikanta Biswal is a resident of Rourkela, Odisha who has been in news for embarking on a foot-journey from Odisha to Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of his promises and to hold him accountable. The 30-year-old person walks with a Tricolour and a backpack. He left Rourkela on 16th April and has already covered more than 1350 kilometres on foot.

According to the Congress, there is a very strong chance that Biswal may find that Prime Minister’s promise too was a jumla.

“If a few thousand Citizens could contribute even 100 rupees each, we will be able to raise enough money to take care of the infrastructure needed for the Rourkela hospital. Let's collect this money and hand it over to the authorities to initiate the work.” The fund-raising page of the party reads.

The page has a fundraising target of Rs 20,00,000 and has achieved around Rs 81,000 as of now. Contributions will have tax exemption under section 80G.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi shared a link of the fundraising page and tweeted, “On 1st April, 2015 the PM played an April Fools' day joke on the people of Orissa, as seen in this video. The Congress party has begun a fund raise to shame the PM into keeping the promise he made. Please contribute generously using this link.”