Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on the Central government’s statement related to information on deaths due to oxygen shortage on Tuesday drew a sharp retaliation from Union Minister Giriraj Singh.
Singh chose to write in Italian: I would say about this prince: He lacked the brain then, he misses it now and he will miss it forever. These lists are compiled by the states. You can tell the states governed by your party to submit modified lists. Until then stop lying, he posted in a reference to the party’s pejoratives against Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi and several other party leaders took a jibe at the Central government after it released a statement on the lack of data on deaths due to oxygen shortage. The government in its statement said no deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and union territories during the second Covid-19 wave.
After which, Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, tagging the news about the government’s response. It wasn’t just the lack of oxygen. There was a severe lack of sensitivity and truth — then and now, his tweet read.
The shortage of oxygen became a huge issue during the second wave. As hospitals struggled to cope, deaths of patients were reported from parts of the country and the matter ended up in several courts.
Reacting to the Centre’s statement, the Opposition leader Venugopal said, this is a blind and unconcerned government. People have seen how many of their near and dear ones have died because of a lack of oxygen. He would move a privilege motion against the minister “for giving false information, added the Congress MP.
While Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge said that they all know that due to lack of oxygen many hospitals refused to admit patients and many (Covid-19 patients) died. If they say so, then it is the first government that neither listens to nor sees. People should teach a lesson to them, he said.
In other India news, the Centre on Tuesday said that no states and Union Territories have provided any information on deaths of Covid patients in hospitals due to lack of liquid medical oxygen during the second wave.