Mangaluru, April 2, 2020: Close on the heels of the Kerala government’s move knocking the doors of the Centre as well as Kerala High Court seeking opening of the roads on the Dakshina Kannada- Kasargod border to facilitate movement of patients from Kerala to Mangaluru hospitals, local BJP leaders have been quick to take to Twitter to launch a scathing attack on the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyas Kamath in his Tweet mocked Kerala CM, saying why he was now seeking the assistance of Mangaluru hospitals at a time when he had earlier challenged Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and stated that Kerala was a state with the best of health care facilities in India.
Even Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar took to Twitter. "It is a tragedy that the Kerala government which boasted in front of the nation that their’s was Kerala model, was dependent on a neighbouring state for healthcare facility. In the present Corona crisis, there can be no doubt that protection of the interest of people of our state is our first priority," he said in his tweet.
Nalin also defended the move the close the Kerala-Karnataka borders and said no one prevented Kerala people from coming to Mangaluru for treatment earlier, Dear Pinarayi Vijayan please necessary arrangements for your people now," Nalin said.
Mangaluru City North MLA Bharath Shetty accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government of failure. “Fifty percent of COVID-19 cases in Wenlock are from Kasargod. With the failure of Pinarayi Vijayan administration and healthcare facilities, Kasargod alone has 100+ cases which is the total count of Karnataka. We can’t let this pandemic spread to Dakshina Kannada,” he said.
The party’s Belthangady MLA Harish Poonja asked Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa not to open the state’s border to Kerala. “Dear Pinarayi Vijayan, if you can’t take care of OUR Kasargod, give it back to Karnataka. We will take care of them. But don’t play politics with COVID-19,” he said.
Kerala Government in its argument before the High Court had said six people from the state had lost their lives as they were not allowed to come to Mangaluru for treatment. People of Kasargod are relying on Mangaluru for medical service since decades, the government has said.