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Medical Council of India declines renewal of MBBS seats in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: In a setback to the Chhattisgarh government, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has declined to renew any of the 200 MBBS seats cut by it in the four state run Medical Colleges in Chhattisgarh.

The MCI’s decision, which comes two days after the Medical Colleges of Jagdalpur and Bilaspur submitted their compliance reports, has left the state with only 250 seats. Seats were cut in all the four government run medical colleges, Raipur, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur and Raigarh, reducing their number from 450 to 250. The Raigarh Medical College, which had only 50 seats, lost all, with the MCI declaring it a “zero year”.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, none of medical colleges of Chhattisgarh got renewal of seats. Permission for renewal of 150 MBBS seats has only been given to a private medical college from the state, Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College, Durg.

When contacted, Pratap Singh, Director Medical Education and Commissioner Heath, said even after MCI's refusal, they were hopeful the government of India would intervene and renew the seats. “We will wait till July 15th”, he said.

n>“The party is not going to be held hostage to politically motivated cases against our leaders. We consider these cases as motivated against Shah,” said a party leader, rejecting fears that the trial may turn into an embarrassment for the party.

Last year, the BJP had refrained from renominating Gadkari as the party chief following reports of alleged irregularities in the business firms associated with him. It had taken the decision although no formal inquiry had been ordered against Gadkari.

With Assembly elections set to be held in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand later this year and early next year, the party is looking to Shah to carry forward the current momentum in favour of BJP.

Two other names — BJP general secretary JP Nadda and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi — were also doing the rounds earlier. While Sushil Modi seems to have been kept aside for Bihar, in view of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad’s dwindling stocks, Shah’s experience of having worked with Narendra Modi may have edged out Nadda.

Shah’s proximity with the PM is also likely to ensure greater coordination between the party and government. While the PM has asked his ministerial colleagues to keep the organisation in the loop, Shah’s appointment is likely to be a step in this direction.

“Amit Bhai started his journey as an ordinary karyakarta & has repeatedly proven himself through tireless hardwork & determination,” the PM tweeted soon after Shah’s appointment. He expressed hope that the BJP will be “expanded and strengthened” under Shah’s presidentship.

Meanwhile, the BJP, in a resolution passed by its parliamentary board, said, “Rajnath Singh’s tenure was the highest point in the history of BJP and epoch making time in Indian politics.”