Congress, Shiv Sena and AAP have slammed the Modi government after it claimed no deaths due to lack of oxygen were “specifically reported” by states and union territories during the second COVID-19 wave.
Shortly after the statement by the Centre was made in a written reply by the Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal accused the minister of having “misled” the house. Describing the statement as “condemnable”, Venugopal, a Rajya Sabha MP to whose question the reply was given, said he will move a privilege motion against the minister.
“In every state and in Delhi also, we have seen how many patients died due to lack of oxygen we know. Actually, the minister misled the House. I will move a privilege (motion) against the minister definitely because she misguided and misled the House by giving false information to the House,” Venugopal told reporters.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi also took a swipe at the Centre, alleging there is acute lack of sensitivity and truth in this government. “There was not just the shortage of oxygen. There was an acute shortage of sensitivity and truth then, it was there then and is there now too,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
सिर्फ़ ऑक्सीजन की ही कमी नहीं थी।
संवेदनशीलता व सत्य की भारी कमी-
तब भी थी, आज भी है। pic.twitter.com/DPhjih2jbX
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2021
I am speechless. What would have happened to the families of those who lost their loved ones to oxygen shortage after hearing this statement? A case should be filed against the govt. They are lying said Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Centre saying ‘no deaths due to lack of oxygen’
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said : They (Centre) will soon say there was no COVID-19. If there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen, then why were hospitals going to High Court for shortages? This is completely false.