Justifying the recent MoU signed between the Rajasthan government and a Portugal-based private hospital, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said the step was taken with solely public welfare in mind and that ‘What TV or Congress is saying do not affect the public’s welfare’. She said, “The MOU was signed for public and patients of cancer,” adding, “What ever the opposition or TV say, we would not care, we are more concerned about public welfare. And for this government is committed.”
The memorandum of understanding was signed on October 2, last year with the aim to set up a state-of-the-art cancer institute in Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur. The MoU with the private Portuguese research organisation came two months after Lalit Modi’s wife Minal was treated at the Lisbon-based hospital.
Defending the controversial move, Raje stated, “MOU is for our land, our hospital, and we are just going to have research and training from foreign partner…We have decided to open a cancer centre in the state for outdoor care of cancer patients, and they could go to home after one day of outdoor care”. She also said that the hospital will cater to the poor and needy.
Undeterred by the recent controversies involving her, Raje also said she was sure the BJP will come to power again in the 2018 Assembly elections. While addressing a state executive meeting she stated, “Despite challenges, my government has worked for welfare of people and set up milestones of development in the state,” adding, “I am sure that in next Assembly polls in 2018, BJP would form the government at its own with great success as it did in 2013 polls.”