Gorakhpur tragedy: Chidambaram says govt that cannot protect children does not deserve to rule

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday slammed the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on the death of children in Gorakhpur government hospital and said a government that cannot protect children does not deserve to rule.

File image of former Union minister P Chidambaram. AFP

File image of former Union minister P Chidambaram. AFP

"Gorakhpur is a man-made tragedy. The nation waits to see if any honourable man will take responsibility."

"A government that cannot protect its children does not deserve to rule," he said in tweets on the Gorakhpur tragedy.

The UP Congress on Sunday termed the large number of infant deaths in a Gorakhpur hospital "murder" and demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation, saying if he was unable to handle an institution, how will he run the state.

The Congress has also demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the death, alleging that the Yogi Adityanath government, through "operation cover-up", was attempting to bury the truth.

The party said according to reports that have emerged till now, the unusually high number of deaths occurred due to neglect and mismanagement, and not due to any disease as is being claimed by the BJP government in the state.

On Saturday, Adityanath rejected reports that the children died due to shortage of oxygen. He asserted that no one will be allowed to go scot-free and stern action will be taken against those responsible.

With inputs from PTI.

Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 10:05 AM

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