Oppn-ruled states claimed no dying as a result of oxygen, now doing politics: BJP

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Noting that opposition-ruled states claimed in courts that there was no dying as a result of scarcity of oxygen in the course of the second COVID-19 wave and made comparable assertions of their response to the Centre, the BJP on Wednesday hit again at its rivals amid a row over the Modi authorities’s reply in Parliament on the matter.

The federal government had instructed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that no deaths as a result of lack of oxygen had been particularly reported by states and UTs in the course of the second COVID-19 wave, drawing sharp criticism from opposition leaders.

Deaths of sufferers in hospitals as a result of lack of the life-saving fuel had been reported from a number of states in the course of the peak of the second wave in April-Could because the demand for medical oxygen zoomed.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra famous that the central authorities’s reply was primarily based on the figures supplied by states and UTs as well being is a state topic. No state despatched any knowledge about sufferers dying as a result of oxygen scarcity, he asserted.

He accused opposition leaders, together with Rahul Gandhi of the Congress and Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP), of doing politics on the matter, and mentioned the states the place these events are in energy have claimed that nobody died there as a result of lack of oxygen.

Hitting out at Gandhi, he mentioned, “You’ve gotten acted as a Twitter troll all through the pandemic by writing two-line lies incessantly. It’s painful {that a} former president of one of many largest events has behaved so irresponsibly.”

With the AAP additionally focusing on the Modi authorities over its reply in Rajya Sabha, Patra famous {that a} Delhi authorities committee had instructed the excessive courtroom that there was no proof to counsel that round 21 individuals had died as a result of a scarcity of oxygen in Jaipur Golden hospital on April 23-24 evening after the hospital administration reported the matter.

The Maharashtra authorities additionally instructed Bombay Excessive Court docket that nobody died as a result of oxygen scarcity and Chhattisgarh Well being Minister T S Singh Deo has additionally made comparable claims, the BJP spokesperson mentioned.

Gandhi ought to communicate to the chief ministers within the states the place his get together is in energy as an alternative of “mendacity” on Twitter and spreading confusion, he mentioned.

These opposition-ruled states had spoken about sufferers dying as a result of oxygen disaster when the second wave was peaking as they needed to focus on the Modi authorities however have taken a distinct stand in writing and their submission to courts, he mentioned, including that it exhibits they wish to politicise the entire situation.

It’s not that the central authorities has tied their fingers, and they need to have spoken the reality once they had been requested to submit their response in writing, he asserted.

To a query in regards to the BJP-run states, Patra mentioned individuals might need suffered there too however they neither levelled allegations just like the opposition-ruled states nor the problem was taken to excessive courts there on this method.

Shortly after the assertion in Rajya Sabha was made in a written reply by Minister of State for Well being Bharati Pravin Pawar on Tuesday, AICC Basic Secretary Ok C Venugopal accused the minister of getting “misled” the home.

Describing the assertion as “condemnable”, Venugopal, a Rajya Sabha MP to whose query the reply was given, mentioned he’ll transfer a privilege movement towards the minister.

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