Rahul Gandhi targets Centre over deaths due to oxygen shortage
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi once again hits out at the central government on Thursday over the deaths due to the shortage of oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19, saying ‘sab yaad rakha jayega’ (everything will be remembered).
Rahul tweeted a 44-second video on his Twitter profile showing people searching for oxygen cylinders and carrying their loved ones for the oxygen during the second wave of the pandemic.
The video, which opens with the message “the truth about oxygen shortage”, shows several images and news articles from the time of the second wave of Covid-19, and the related deaths reported across states and Union territories (UTs) owing to lack of oxygen.
It may be noted that the Narendra Modi dispensation has faced intense criticism after it informed the Rajya Sabha that no deaths were reported due to lack of oxygen during the second wave.
Rahul’s latest remark follows the one he made on Tuesday soon after Union minister of state for health and family welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, in response to Congress MP KC Venugopal’s question, told the Rajya Sabha that no deaths “due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by the states/UTs.”
“It wasn’t just the lack of oxygen but also a severe lack of sensitivity and truth. It was then, still is today,” Rahul wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
सिर्फ़ ऑक्सीजन की ही कमी नहीं थी।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2021
संवेदनशीलता व सत्य की भारी कमी-
तब भी थी, आज भी है। pic.twitter.com/DPhjih2jbX
Several opposition leaders apart from Rahul, including Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Delhi deputy chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, criticised the Centre over its claim on oxygen shortage.
However, many states have backed the claim as well, citing that no Covid-19 patients died in their states due to lack of oxygen.