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Gorakhpur deaths: Oppn demands resignation of Yogi Adityanath, health minister

Samajwadi Party questioned Uttar Pradesh’ CM Yogi Adityanath’s silence in the aftermath of the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur ‘s Baba Raghav Das Medical College that has left the state stunned.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2017 15:23 IST
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Relatives mourn the death of a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur on August 12, 2017.
Relatives mourn the death of a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur on August 12, 2017.(AFP Photo)

Opposition parties on Saturday demanded the resignations of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and health minister Siddharth Nath Singh over the deaths of 63 children in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College in five days.

A delegation comprising senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari and RPN Singh met the doctors and patients.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident. The incident has left the whole nation in grief. What happened here was due to lapse on the Uttar Pradesh government. Adityanath and health minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post,” said Azad.

RPN Singh said the incident happened due to lapse on the government’s part.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari also demanded strict action against those responsible for the deaths, allegedly due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen, at BRD Medical College.

“There are clearly two dimensions to it, that of criminal culpability of all those who are responsible -- the hospital administration, the oxygen supplier and the district administration which is supposed to exercise superintendence over the hospital, and the other is the moral responsibility of the chief minister.

“While all those responsible must be charged with criminal culpability accounting to murder,...there is a moral dimension which the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his health minister must take responsibility for and resign immediately,” Tiwari said.

The shortage of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

On Friday, it was reported that as many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in a span of 48 hours at the hospital.

Azad said the Congress had spent crores of rupees to provide medical facilities in the hospital during the time of its ruling.

SP questions CM’s silence

The principal opposition in the state, Samajwadi Party (SP), questioned the chief minister’s silence in the aftermath of the children’s deaths in his parliamentary constituency and hometown that has left the state stunned.

Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said it was very unfortunate that Adityanath has not uttered a word on such a “heart wrenching” tragedy.

“Gorakhpur where the children have died in such large numbers is the chief minister’s constituency and hometown. He has been there several times after assuming the post. And in the past 24 hours he has sadly said nothing on the issue,” he said.

Callousness led to tragedy: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the state government’s callousness led to the tragedy and called for a high-level probe into the incident.

Mayawati said a three-member fact finding team from her party will visit the medical college.

“The BJP will never accept its mistake and so I leave it to their discretion to remove those responsible,” she said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also questioned Adityanath’s silence. “First the callousness and now the shameless silence. It’s a pity that such indifferent people are ruling the state,” AAP spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari told IANS.

Baseless charges: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party has, however, hit back at the opposition, accusing it of “indulging in politics” on such a serious issue.

Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said: “Opposition is leveling baseless charges out of frustration as the BJP government under the leadership of Adityanath was working for the welfare of the state and its people.”

Earlier on Saturday, Adityanath dispatched Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon to the tragedy-struck town with instructions to “spare none for the tragedy”.

They were directed by an “extremely unhappy” chief minister to inspect the situation at the state-run facility and take strict action against those responsible, an official said.