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Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal spread myths about lack of oxygen during 2nd COVID wave – BJP

Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal spread myths about lack of oxygen during 2nd COVID wave – BJP

BJP attacks Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for playing politics over ‘no deaths due to lack of oxygen’ statement. Party’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said it was condemnable that some political leaders are playing dirty politics at a time when everyone should unite to fight coronavirus disease.

Key Summary

  • The BJP has launched a harsh attack on Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, and Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister.
  • During the second wave of COVID-19, no fatalities owing to a shortage of oxygen were “specifically reported” by states and union territories, according to a declaration made by the Centre in the Rajya Sabha.
  • The BJP’s Sambit Patra presented a point-by-point rebuttal to the opposition’s criticism of the Modi government’s claims that “no deaths have occurred due to oxygen shortage.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for politicizing the Centre’s statement in the Rajya Sabha that no fatalities due to a lack of oxygen were “specifically reported” by states and union territories during COVID-19’s second wave.

BJP spokesman Sambit Patra presented a point-by-point reply to the opposition’s criticism of the Modi government over the ‘no deaths due to oxygen shortage’ declaration during a press conference.

Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Rajya Sabha that “health is a state subject and states and UTs regularly report the number of cases and deaths to the central government” Patra explained.

“Second, the Union Health Ministry has published standards for all states and UTs to follow when reporting deaths. The Union Health Ministry receives statistics on COVID cases and deaths on a regular basis from the states and UTs. However, in their reports, not a single state or UT said that the deaths were caused by a shortage of oxygen “Patra remarked.

The BJP national spokesperson took potshots at ‘big brother’ Gandhi and ‘younger brother’ Kejriwal, accusing the Congress leader and the AAP of causing uncertainty on the sensitive matter of COVID fatalities.

Patra said it was unacceptable that some political leaders were playing dirty politics at a time when everyone should be working together to defeat the coronavirus epidemic.

Patra read affidavits from the Delhi and Maharashtra governments, claiming that neither administration told the high courts that any fatality was caused by a shortage of oxygen.

It should be mentioned that during the peak of COVID019’s second wave, there were multiple media claims of COVID patients dying from a supposed oxygen shortage.

Gandhi took a shot at the BJP-led national government, accusing it of being insensitive. “It wasn’t just a matter of running out of oxygen. There was a severe lack of sensitivity and truth back then, and it still exists now “In a Hindi tweet, the Congress MP stated.

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