Gorakhpur: Not the first such accident, defends Amit Shah
First, the government was criticized for not responding well in the Gorakhpur tragedy: while PM Narendra Modi kept silent for days, the Adityanath government continued denying lack in oxygen supply despite several reports. Now BJP President Amit Shah has created another controversy: he said, "Many accidents have taken place in this big country, this isn't the first time something like this is happening."
It was an accident, proper probe being conducted: Shah
Commenting on the matter, Shah said, "Congress' job is to demand resignations. We don't blame anyone before proper investigation." "This is an accident, a mistake. Because of this, you can't deny our intention of working for poor people's development." He also defended the PM, saying Modi had commented through media. "Social media is not the only channel PM has to express his views."
The suppliers had sent 14 letters to the administration
Shah's comments come even as more evidence piles up against the government. Pushpa Sales had sent 14 letters to the administration over non-payment of dues. "... you are aware of the importance of medical gas…and because of your lethargic approach in making due payments…it is very tough for my client to maintain supply of medical gas to your college," a legal notice had said.
At BRD, site of tragedy, encephalitis death toll grows
Meanwhile, six new encephalitis deaths have been reported during August 12-14 from Gorakhpur's BRD College, the site of the tragedy. "In the same period, as many as 21 patients were admitted for treatment," said additional health director Dr. Pushkar Anand.
Meanwhile, the blame game continues
UP Congress leaders including Raj Babbar held a protest in Lucknow, saying "70 children were murdered" by the "killer government". SP chief Akhilesh Yadav visited the families of the some of the deceased children. BJP MP Varun Gandhi has offered Rs. 5cr for a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in Sultanpur district hospital. Meanwhile, the NHRC has sent a notice to the UP government.