Rajasthan BJP MLA Kirti Kumari dies of swine flu, few Rajput leaders allege negligence
The Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from the Mandalgarh constituency in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district, Kirti Kumari, died of influenza A (H1N1), commonly referred to as swine flu in India, while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Jaipur on Monday.
She was 50. Kumari belonged to the former royal family of Bijolia.
Kumari complained of breathlessness on Sunday and was rushed to a hospital in Kota from where she was shifted to Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospital and then to the Fortis Hospital. Kumari was placed on a ventilator but despite treatment from a medical team comprising 12 doctors, she breathed her last at around 7 AM on Monday.
Some Rajput community leaders alleged negligence in her treatment and said the government didn't show promptness in ensuring treatment at best facility in Jaipur.
"The death happened due to the negligence of the health department. She was not given proper treatment at the SMS Hospital and shifting to Fortis was delayed. No senior politician or minister from the government visited her when she was admitted to the SMS Hospital," Rajput Sabha Bhavan president Giriraj Singh Lotwara reports Hindustan Times.
Kirti Kumari had won the 2013 assembly election with huge margin against Congress candidate Vivek.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje took to Twitter to express her condolences. "I express grief over Kirti Kumari's untimely death. Her death is a huge setback for me and the BJP family," she tweeted.
She also said that Kirti was an inseparable part of her family. ''May God help her family members to face the situation strongly in this bad time."