Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Rahul Gandhi meets grieving families, blames UP govt for negligence
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a few of the families who lost their children in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy to express sympathies and said it was a 'government-made tragedy' since the deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen
Lucknow: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met a few of the families who lost their children in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy to express sympathies and said it was a "government-made tragedy" since the deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen.
"I met the bereaved families. All of them told me that their children died due to lack of oxygen. It is very clear that it is a government-made tragedy," Gandhi said in a tweet.
मैं पीड़ितों के परिवार से मिला,उन सबने मुझसे कहा कि oxygenकी कमी के कारण उनके बच्चों की मृत्यु हुई,ये बहुतclearहै कि ये Govt made tragedy है pic.twitter.com/BhNzsAeEIq
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 19, 2017
More than 60 children had died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College last week, allegedly due to disruption in the supply of oxygen to the institution over unpaid dues to the supplier company. "It is absolutely clear that this (tragedy) is due to negligence. Instead of trying to cover up, Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) and the government should take action in the matter," the Congress leader said in another tweet.
बिल्कुल clear है ये लापरवाही के कारण ये हुआ, Chief Minister और सरकार को cover up करने की कोशिश नहीं करनी चाहिए और action लेना चाहिए — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 19, 2017
Extending his condolences, he told the families that the Congress supported them in their hour of crisis.
"Modi ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) talks about 'new India'. We do not want such new India. We need India where the poor can return to their home happily, after treatment of their children," Gandhi said.
मोदीजी New India की बात करते हैं, हमें ऐसा New India नहीं चाहिए, हमें वो India चाहिए जहाँ गरीब अपने बच्चों का इलाज कराकर ख़ुशी से लौट सके
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 19, 2017
"I had gone to this hospital earlier. Addressing reporters, I had requested Modi ji that this hospital needs money, but no action has been taken."
मैं पहले इस अस्पताल में आया था,मैंने प्रेस से बात करते हुए कहा था कि मोदीजी, इस अस्पताल को पैसों की ज़रुरत है,लेकिन कोई action नहीं लिया गया — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 19, 2017
Accompanied by Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar, former Union minister RPN Singh and legislator Aradhana Mishra, Gandhi landed at the Gorakhpur airport and drove straight to the house of Brahmdev Yadav at Baghagada village and spoke to the family which lost seven-day-old twins.
He was briefed on the tragedy and asked about the reason behind the deaths of over 60 children in five days between 7 and 12 August.
The Congress leaders assured Yadav they will try and get him a job.
Raj Babbar dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party's state government as a "total failure" and said it had lost the right to rule.
After this, Rahul Gandhi went to the house of Nitesh Shukla in Malanv village and was scheduled to visit Rama Shankar in Basauli Khurd village and Jitendra at Khatauna village.
Azad said Yogi Adityanath was a five-time MP from Gorakhpur but did nothing.
Rahul Gandhi did not speak to the media and said he would say whatever he has to later in the day when he wraps up the visit after visiting the BRD Medical College.
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