BJP national president Amit Shah condoled the death of 72 children at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, and called it an "accident".
Speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, Shah said, "The incident is an accident. The Uttar Pradesh government is currently investigating it. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a time-bound probe as well."
Shah also added that the those responsible for the tragedy will be brought to book. "We won't spare the guilty. We will fix accountability," he said.
Politicising the Gorakhpur tragedy, Shah said that unlike the Congress, BJP won't blame anybody without a proper investigation. "Congress' only job is to demand resignations. In such a huge country, a lot of tragedies have occurred. This is not a first such incident," Shah added and reject demands for Yogi Adityanath's resignation.
Shah added that BJP's sincerity must not be doubted based on just one incident. "Our intention to serve the poor must not be doubted based on just this one incident," he said.
On 11 August, 30 children died within a span of 48 hours, while 63 children have lost their lives in the last week at Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College over various reasons, including lack of oxygen supply, since it was stopped after the hospital failed to clear pending dues of over Rs 68 lakh.
On Sunday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union health minister JP Nadda visited the hospital where Adityanath warned of exemplary action against those found responsible for the horrifying tragedy.
To cool frayed tempers, the Narendra Modi government announced setting up a regional medical centre at a cost of Rs 85 crore in Gorakhpur for conducting research on ailments that afflict children.
Asked why Narendra Modi had not tweeted on the tragedy, Shah said the prime minister had already expressed his grief over the incident in the media.
"The prime minister has already expressed his grief over the incident, and tweet is not the only medium to convey a message. He has already made a statement in the press," Shah added.
On a reported directive of Adityanath on preparations for a "grand" Krishna Janmashtami celebrations when the state was mourning the deaths of infants, he said that everybody is grieving over the death of children in Uttar Pradesh.
"Everybody is sad that children have died. But Krishna Janmashtami has its own place as is 15 August. Yogi ji has not said in this reference that you celebrate the festival even though children have died. Krishna Janmashtami is being observed. It will be observed across the country and in the same manner it will be in Uttar Pradesh too based on people's belief. It is not a government festival."
To a repeated query if it shows the Uttar Pradesh government's insensitivity, he asked that if people celebrate it at their homes then what can the government do.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Aug 14, 2017 16:42 PM | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 19:41 PM