Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Who said what on the incident which claimed the lives of 63 children

Following the tragic death of over 60 ailing children at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur due to alleged shortage of oxygen, the Opposition on Saturday pinned the blame on state chief minister Yogi Aditynath and health minister Siddharth Nath Singh.

Family members and relatives mourn outside the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur. PTI

Family members and relatives mourn outside the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur. PTI

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has demanded the resignation of Aditynath and Singh. "The chief minister is from this constituency. He cannot back away from this responsibility. He should apologise to the nation. The doctors of this hospital are not at fault," Azad said on Saturday.

Media reports have claimed that a disruption in oxygen supply led to the death of the children at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, however, the state government, as well as the district administration, have denied those reports.

Here is how politicians, social activists and celebrities reacted to the incident:

Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president

Sonia Gandhi, Congress president

The Congress president said that her heart goes out to the families of the innocent children who fell prey to "gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities." She called upon the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring to book those responsible and asked Congress workers to provide relief to the families of the victims.

Akhilesh Yadav, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister 

Siddharth Nath Singh, Uttar Pradesh health minister

Ashutosh Tandon, Uttar Pradesh medical education minister

Keshav Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister "Opposition giving statements in haste. UP Govt is committed to service of people. Strict action to be taken," Maurya was quoted as saying by ANI

Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader "Parents of children who died must get compensation, free medicine must be provided to poor families across UP," Yadav was quoted as saying by ANI.

Manish Tewari, Congress leader

Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader

Virender Sehwag, cricketer 

Suresh Raina, Indian batsman 

Shehzad Poonawalla, civil rights activist and Maharashtra Congress secretary

Mohammad Kaif, cricketer

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate

Kapil Sibal, Congress leader 

Ashok Gehlot, former chief minister Rajasthan

Rajeev Shukla, Congress MP

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Aug 13, 2017 12:34 PM

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