Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that he is tremendously affected by the death of over 70 children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, while reiterating that a probe will be instigated and the guilty will be severely punished. Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply concerned and has offered complete support, Adityanath said that nobody can be more sensitive than him in the regard.
“Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me. Prime Minister is very concerned and he assured complete assistance from the Centre. Prime Minister has also sent Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to take cognizance of the situation,” said Adityanath. “The State government has realized that a probe in the matter is necessary. Let reports of probe committee come. Assure you, if anyone’s negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won’t be spared,” he added.
Further slamming the opposition and critiques for politicizing the issue, Adityanath said, “Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily. I will request you all to at least try and know real facts.” Tragedy continued to descend upon Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, as another child succumbed to encephalitis today, taking the death toll over 70.
11 children died on Saturday and until Friday the death toll stood at 60. Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday noted that Gorakhpur Hospital tragedy clearly reflects the failure of the state government and demanded that Yogi Adityanath immediately resign as Chief Minister.
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Talking to the media, UP Congress president Raj Babbar said, “This government is a murderer. These children have not died but killed. The more shameful about this case is the fact that it happened in Yogi Adityanath’s constituency. If he can’t take care of need of his constituency then how can he fulfill the responsibility of a state like Uttar Pradesh? He should immediately resign from his post.”
Launched a scathing attack at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led- Government over Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Babbar asked “What will you investigate as the latter has already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen.”
The Congress leader further attacked state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh over his remark that August witnesses a high number of deaths, and told ANI that “Such excuses coming from him is shameful and he should resign as well.” According to data procured from the BRD hospital, in five days – from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital.