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Congress terms Gorakhpur hospital deaths ‘murder’, wants Adityanath’s resignation

Congress leader Raj Babbar termed state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s remark that number of deaths in BRD medical college always went up in August, as highly “insensitive”.

lucknow Updated: Aug 14, 2017 09:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar demands UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s resignation at a press conference at party office in Lucknow on Sunday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT)

Congress on Sunday demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over what it called the “murder” of over 60 children due to lack of oxygen in BRD medical college in Gorakhpur over three days.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow a day after his visit to the medical college, UP Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar claimed the government was directly responsible for the “killing” of so many innocent children, and the CM must resign on moral grounds or he should be sacked.

He said the tragedy was all the more shameful because it happened in Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s partliamentary constituency. “If Yogi Adityanath cannot take care of a medical college in Gorakhpur, how can he run the entire state?” he asked.

Babbar also demanded filing of criminal cases against those responsible for disruption of oxygen supply to the hospital due to non-payment of bills to the private suppler.

Questioning the likely outcome of the inquiry set up in the matter, the Congress leader said the CM had already given his verdict by saying no deaths happened due to lack of oxygen supply even before the probe panel was set up.

Terming state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s remark that number of deaths in BRD medical college always went up in August, as highly “insensitive”, Babbar said the minister must disassociate himself from the great name of late prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Singh is the maternal grandson of the country’s second prime minister.

Babbar also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his delayed response to the tragedy. “The PM was more concerned about the forest fire in Portugal and how to welcome US President Donald Trump’s daughter in India,” he noted.

Babbar said Congress would hit the streets over the tragedy but did not give any date for the stir.

First Published: Aug 13, 2017 20:26 IST