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Oppn Slams Centre over ‘No Deaths Due to Oxygen Shortage’ Statement

Leaders of the Avid Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress-led opposition on Wednesday denounced the Center for saying there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of Govt on Wednesday.

At an online press conference, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused him of “shamelessly telling white lies in Parliament” and said that there was complete chaos after April 15 until May 5 due to lack of oxygen.

He accused the Sisodia Center of trying to “cover up its mistakes” and that its “mismanagement” after April 13 and the change in oxygen supply policy caused a shortage of life-saving gas in hospitals across the country, which led to a “catastrophe”.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader said that all the deaths due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of COVID-19 would be investigated if the Center allowed the Delhi government to form a committee.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday in the state assembly took up the Modi government saying “there are no deaths due to lack of oxygen” and blamed the accidents on the government increasing oxygen exports during the epidemic year and not arranging tankers. Go with it.

Opposing the government, Priyanka Gandhi said, “These deaths occurred – because during the epidemic, the government increased oxygen exports by about 700 percent.”

The Congress general secretary blamed the deaths on the government not arranging tankers to carry oxygen, ignoring the advice of the empowered committee and the parliamentary committee, and making no arrangements to deliver oxygen. “No effort has been shown to set up oxygen plants in hospitals,” he said.

The Congress on Tuesday accused Health Minister Bharathi Praveen Pawar of misleading Parliament by giving “false information” that there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen during the second wave. In a written reply to a question, Pawar said, “Comprehensive guidelines for reporting deaths have been issued by the Union Ministry of Health to all states and UTs. Accordingly, all states and UTs regularly report cases and deaths to the Federal Ministry of Health. However, there are no deaths due to lack of oxygen.” Especially by states and UTs “.

In a sharp response, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Rawat said relatives of those who died due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of COVID19 epidemic “should take the federal government to court”.

In response, Rawat said many people had died due to lack of oxygen in several states. Relatives (COVID-19 patients) who have died due to lack of oxygen should be taken to federal court.

“The federal government is running away from reality. It seems to me that this is the result of Pegasus (Israeli spyware), a member of the State Council teasingly told reporters. The Sena’s chief spokesman added that relatives of those who died due to lack of oxygen supply should find out whether they believe the Centre’s response in Parliament on the matter.

On the other hand, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said there were many deaths due to lack of oxygen in Delhi and many other places across the country. “If there was no oxygen shortage, why did the hospitals move the court? Hospitals and the media were flagging the oxygen shortage issues every day. The TV channels showed how hospitals run from life-saving gas. It is completely wrong to say that no one dies due to lack of oxygen. Have occurred, ”he said.

Sisodia said the Kejriwal government had tried to set up a committee to audit all the deaths due to lack of oxygen, but the Center had blocked it by LG. He said the center did not allow the formation of the group “for fear that its mismanagement would be exposed”.

The Kejriwal government is still ready for an independent audit of every death due to lack of oxygen if the Center allows the formation of the committee, he said. The federal government told state legislatures on Tuesday that there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen by states and UTs during the second COVID-19 wave.

But during the second wave the demand for medical oxygen increased at an unprecedented rate, rising to almost 9,000 metric tons compared to the 3,095 metric tons in the first wave, following which the Center had to take action to facilitate equal distribution between the states.

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