A DAY after the Union Well being Ministry informed Rajya Sabha that “no deaths resulting from lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by the states and UTs”, the BJP and the Opposition on Wednesday engaged in a bitter disagreement. Whereas the BJP accused the opposition events of “taking part in politics within the pandemic”, the latter took jibes on the authorities, with Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain saying they wouldn’t be shocked “if tomorrow Centre says Covid by no means got here to the nation”.
Addressing reporters, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra stated even Opposition-ruled states had on document not admitted to deaths resulting from oxygen scarcity. He focused the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi, and the Aam Aadmi Party, saying they weren’t refraining from taking part in politics even within the pandemic.
Referring to Minister of State for Well being Bharti Pravin Pawar’s reply in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Patra stated, “There are three issues to notice within the reply… Primary, that well being is a state topic. Quantity two, the Centre says we solely acquire information that’s despatched by the states. We don’t generate the info. The third factor the Centre says is we now have issued tips by which the states and UTs can report their information of loss of life and so they do it regularly. In the long run, the Centre says as a result of no state or UT despatched any information on any loss of life particularly due to oxygen scarcity, there isn’t a information for this.”
Patra stated the Delhi authorities had informed the Excessive Courtroom – in reference to the 21 deaths at Jaipur Golden Hospital on April 23-24 – that “oxygen scarcity as the reason for loss of life… couldn’t be ascertained by an knowledgeable committee which probed the matter”. He additionally referred to media experiences on Maharashtra authorities telling Bombay Excessive Courtroom that no affected person died of oxygen scarcity there, and on Chhattisgarh minister T S Singhdeo saying the identical.
“In Chhattisgarh the place there’s a Congress authorities, the federal government is saying there has not been even a single oxygen scarcity loss of life. Then Rahulji, why are you doing this type of politics? I’m very unhappy that your Maharashtra authorities, your Chhattisgarh authorities, once they say themselves there isn’t a loss of life due to oxygen scarcity, you’re spreading falsehood,” Patra stated.
AAP leaders and Delhi ministers Satyendar Jain and Manish Sisodia attacked the Centre over its claims in Parliament.
“We received’t be shocked if tomorrow the centre says Covid by no means got here to the nation,” Jain stated. “When the second wave of Covid got here in April-Could, there was an enormous scarcity of oxygen. Many hospitals reported that they had been operating out of oxygen, which resulted in a variety of deaths.”
“All the nation, not simply Delhi, noticed deaths resulting from oxygen scarcity,” he stated.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia stated although they’d shaped a committee to look into assertions of oxygen scarcity deaths, the Cenre didn’t enable the committee to be formalised.
Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi stated, “The deaths occurred as a result of within the pandemic yr, the federal government elevated oxygen exports by about 700 per cent.”
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut stated family members of those that died resulting from oxygen scarcity ought to “take the Centre to court docket”. Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope, nevertheless, was quoted by ANI as saying, “No affected person died resulting from lack of oxygen within the state. We had diverted 100 per cent oxygen meant for industrial use for medical functions.”