In the last 16 days, over a 100 children have died of encephalitis in Muzaffarpur, and more than 300 others have contracted the disease.
In the midst of discussions about how to tackle this serious issue, Mangal Pandey asked reporters what the cricket score of the India and Pakistan match was at the moment. ANI posted a video of the incident.
#WATCH Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey asks for latest cricket score during State Health Department meeting over Muzaffarpur Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) deaths. (16.6.19) pic.twitter.com/EVenx5CB6G— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2019
How many wickets have fallen till now?
To which he receives an answer saying,
Predictably, most people were aghast, and his behaviour was met with extreme criticism from all corners. According to NDTV, the RJD, Congress, Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM) and the Left, have all demanded Mangal Pandey's resignation for displaying 'insensitivity' during a state crisis.
Pandey was more interested in knowing the cricket score while Harsh Vardhan was telling mediapersons their plans to alleviate the situation arising from the encephalitis outbreak.
Encephalitis causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions and headaches, and one of the main causes is low blood sugar. The Centre has now promised to build a state-of-the-art research centre within a year to deal with future encephalitis outbreaks.