Akhilesh Yadav accuses Yogi Government of fudging COVID-19 death data
(Sourced from PTI)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of fudging the coronavirus death toll, saying the rush at crematoriums contradicts the data. The ex-UP Chief Minister also alleged that the government's mismanagement and short-sightedness have turned the state into "Corona Pradesh." "Fake data is being given to show fewer deaths, while a rush is being witnessed at crematoriums," Yadav alleged.
"It is the government's failure that even BJP MPs, MLAs are not satisfied with the current state of affairs. The number of doctors, hospitals, and other facilities given by the BJP is mostly fake. Such an insensitive government was never seen in the state," Yadav claimed. He also accused the BJP of not paying any heed to experts' warnings about the second wave.
Yadav said that the BJP should shun its pride and think like family members of COVID-19 patients, and ensure the availability of oxygen at their homes. The SP chief also demanded uniformity in rates of COVID-19 vaccine in the entire country and appealed to his party workers to help battle the second wave of coronavirus.
In a tweet, he also blamed the BJP government for mismanaging COVID-19, saying that it was being discussed across the world. "Different countries have put a travel ban on India. This has adversely impacted India's image at the global level. Even praanvaayu is not available. Where is the double engine government," Yadav asked.
Yadav's remarks came after several reports pointed out at UP under-reporting COVID-19 deaths. Refuting all such claims, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday issued instructions to the top officials of the state to take action against hospitals if they found them to be reporting about the shortage of oxygen supply to create fear, The Hindu reported.
UP has witnessed an alarming surge in the COVID-19 death toll over the past few days. In the last 24 hours, the state has reported 33,551 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 11,20,176 COVID-19 cases. So far, 11,414 COVID-19 deaths have been reported.