Tacit understanding between Union Health Minister, Azad and Ketan Desai lobby in elections for Medical Council of India posts
Former President of Medical Council of India, Dr. Ketan Desai who had hit media headlines when he was arrested red handed by C.B.I. accepting money for sanctioning a private medical college. Our predictions not as an astrologer but as a journalist proved true in just concluded elections for post of President and other office-bearers of Council. According to highly placed inside source the elections were won by tactical understanding with Ketan Desai lobby and by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Gulam Nabi Azad. Key role in whose affair was played by one official of Joint Secretary rank who is reportedly close to newly unopposed elected President Jaysree Mehta.
Dr. Jayshree Ben Mehta,Vice-Chancellor of Sumandeep University, Waghodia and Dr. C.V. Bhirmanandham were declared elected unopposed as President and Vice-President respectively. From Government Nominees side Dr.Baldev Singh Aulakh, Dr.G.B.Gupta and Dr.V.N.Jindal were elected unopposed. From University constituency side Dr. Anil Mahajan, Dr.VenkateshKakollu, Dr.Vijay Prakash Singh and Dr. Radhamadhab Tripathy were elected unopposed and from retired medical graduates constituency Dr. Ravindra and Dr. K.K. Gupta were elected unopposed.
For important post graduate medical education committee Dr. Dhurba Jyoti Borah, Dr. Deelip Govinbdra Mhaisekar and Dr.Rani Bhaskran were elected. Recalled that the Central Govt.,in pursuance of clause(A) of sub-section 3 of the Indian Medical Council Act,1956 and in consultation with the respective State Governments have nominated as many as twenty three persons including Dr.Jayshree Ben Mehta, newly elected President from Gujarat
as members of Council for a period of four years. Now for all practical purposes the M.C.I will be controlled by Ketan Desai through remote control as in view of coming Loksabha polls, Gulam Nabi Azad will have little time to look after the council,s affairs.Recalled that Dr. Kunal Sahu who had got hefty compensation from a Kolkatta hospital for negligence in treatment to his wife was opposing tooth and nail efforts of Dr.Ketan Desai to control the Council through remote control.
The President of Council enjoys considerable clout as it gives permission for opening of new medical colleges and increase in number of seats in existing medical colleges.Politicians and corporate houses has private medical colleges across the country.Three years back council was superseded when its boss Dr.Desai was arrested.It was replaced by a nominated Board of Governors first by Dr. S.K.Sarin followed by Dr. K.K.Talwar former, Director of P.G.I., Chandigarh ,personal choice of Prime Minister ,Dr. Manmohan Singh
who had vetoed the choice of Gulam Nabi Azad who had lobbied for Dr. S.S.Sangwan,V.C of Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak whose name was recommended by Haryana
Chief Minister, Bhupinder Hooda.
Interestingly Haryana missed train as far as getting posts in Council. Haryana has as many as six members who had voting rights and had they formed a group State could have got some say.Dr.S.S.Sngwan,former Director of P.G.I., Rohtak, Dr.S.B. Siwach, Dr.V.K. Jain, dean of P.G.I., Rohtak, Dr.S.P.S.Yadav and representatives from Budanpur Medical College and Mulana Medical college are members from Haryana. Haryana chief minister, Bhupinder Hooda is personal friend of Gulam Nabi Azad and he could have also influenced nominated members in faovour of Haryana. But it is believed that due to preoccupation of Hooda in Rajsthan and Delhi
state Assembly Polls where he was star campaigner of the party, strategy could not be made, hence the train was missed.