Gorakhpur Deaths Government-Made Tragedy, CM Yogi Adityanath Shouldn’t Try To Cover Up: Rahul Gandhi

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More than 60 children had died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College allegedly due to disruption in the supply of oxygen to the institution over unpaid dues to the supplier company. — File photo

I met the bereaved families. All of them told me that their children died due to lack of oxygen. It is very clear that it is a government-made tragedy, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

LUCKNOW (IANS) — Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a few of the families who lost their children in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy to express sympathies and said it was a “government-made tragedy” since the deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen.

“I met the bereaved families. All of them told me that their children died due to lack of oxygen. It is very clear that it is a government-made tragedy,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

More than 60 children had died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College last week, allegedly due to disruption in the supply of oxygen to the institution over unpaid dues to the supplier company.

“It is absolutely clear that this (tragedy) is due to negligence. Instead of trying to cover up, Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) and the government should take action in the matter,” the Congress leader said in another tweet.

Modi ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) talks about ‘new India’. We do not want such new India. We need India where the poor can return to their home happily, after treatment of their children

Extending his condolences, he told the families that the Congress supported them in their hour of crisis.

“Modi ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) talks about ‘new India’. We do not want such new India. We need India where the poor can return to their home happily, after treatment of their children,” Gandhi said.

“I had gone to this hospital earlier. Addressing reporters, I had requested Modi ji that this hospital needs money, but no action has been taken.”

Accompanied by Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar, former Union Minister R.P.N. Singh and legislator Aradhana Mishra, Gandhi landed at the Gorakhpur airport and drove straight to the house of Brahmdev Yadav at Baghagada village and spoke to the family which lost seven-day-old twins.

He was briefed on the tragedy and asked about the reason behind the deaths of over 60 children in five days between August 7 and 12.

The Congress leaders assured Yadav they will try and get him a job.

Raj Babbar dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s state government as a “total failure” and said it had lost the right to rule.

After this, Rahul Gandhi went to the house of Nitesh Shukla in Malanv village and was scheduled to visit Rama Shankar in Basauli Khurd village and Jitendra at Khatauna village.

Azad said Yogi Adityanath was a five-time MP from Gorakhpur but did nothing.

Rahul Gandhi did not speak to the media and said he would say whatever he has to later in the day when he wraps up the visit after visiting the BRD Medical College.

‘Picnic spot’ 

Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday criticised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s remark that people in Delhi are trying to make Gorakhpur a picnic spot, terming it an insult to the children who died in hospital due to lack of oxygen.

Senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Adityanath, who is still MP from the Gorakhpur constituency, has, through his statement, insulted the memory of the helpless and poor children.

“He (Adityanath) is right that Gorakhpur is not a picnic spot… instead the place has turned into a murderous spot by utter negligence, lack of accountability and total callousness,” Singhvi said at a press conference here. 

He accused the UP Chief Minister of reducing the debate over medical negligence to such “cheap politicking”.

“I will leave for the people of India to judge whether in an anxiety to score political point over (Congress Vice President) Rahul Gandhi (who visited the eastern UP city on Saturday), has he not reduced this whole, serious, terrible and tragic episode to a farce and grossly insulted the memory of those children,” said Singhvi.

People are visiting the spot to spread awareness, and to support the families of the deceased, he added.

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