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About 1,000 BJP supporters, led by leader of the Opposition and BJP legislature party leader Lalji Tandon, blocked the main thoroughfare of the state capital since this morning.
The BJP activists blocked Hazaratganj, Charbagh, Aminabad and other important places in the city, leading to heavy traffic jams during the office time. Later talking to mediapersons, Mr Tandon blamed the state government for the failure to control the disease and criticised Health Minister Rajvir Singh for ignoring the people's grievances.
He said more than 100 people had died of dengue in the state so far and the state government was sitting ``idle'' stating that ``there was no dengue'' in the state. ``Several crores of rupees are being spent in the name of controlling malaria and other diseases but still it has not been effectively controlled,'' he alleged.
The BJP leader further alleged that at least 25 to 30 cases were daily coming to each pathological clinic in the state capital for testing dengue cases but the state, government was not recognising that dengue was prevalent in the state including the state capital. ``The government has failed completely to control dengue and other epidemics like malaria in the state and had not taken any preventive steps even after the High Court ruling on the issue,'' he claimed. The BJP workers had arranged fogging machines on their own and would spray in the affected areas, he claimed. The BJP workers would also donate blood for the needy, Mr Tandon added. He claimed that besides Lucknow, Bareilly, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Sultanpur and Shahjahanpur districts were also affected by dengue and malaria. -- UNI
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