Amit Shah on Gorakhpur deaths: Tragedies have occurred under Congress rule too

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Over 70 children suffering from encepahlitis have been killed at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh due to lack of medical facilities to fight the disease. The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the UP government over the deaths.

Written by Johnson TA | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2017 9:45 pm
Amit Shah, Gorakhpur hospital deaths, Amit shah Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, BJP, Congress, BRT medical college, Amit Shah said, “In a big country like India, there have been many such incidents in the past. This is not the first time.” (Source: ANI photo)

BJP national president Amit Shah on Monday dismissed Congress demands for the resignation of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the deaths of children at a government hospital in Gorakhpur saying such tragedies have also occurred during Congress rule. “It is the job of the Congress to seek resignations. In this big country, there have been many tragedies and this is not the first time. Tragedies have occurred under Congress rule too,” Shah said in a reaction to demands by the opposition Congress party for the resignation of Yogi Adityanath.

“Unlike the Congress party, we do not blame anyone without an investigation. An investigation is on. Yogiji has ordered a time bound investigation. We will disclose the findings of the investigation in public. Action will be taken at whatever level based on the investigations,” Shah said.

The BJP president said the UP chief minister had not issued directives to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami despite the deaths of children at Gorakhpur. “There is grief everywhere over the deaths of children at Gorakhpur. But Krishna Janmashtami has its place and August 15 has its place. Yogiji has not said that despite the death of the kids Krishna Janmashtami must be celebrated. Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on the basis of personal beliefs in the homes of people. It is not being celebrated as a government festival,” Shah said.

To a query on why prime minister Narendra Modi had not put out any message of condolence on the social media platform Twitter as he has done for many incidents in the past Shah said the Prime Minister had expressed grief in a media statement. “The Prime Minister has expressed grief over the incident. He may not have tweeted,” Shah said.


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  1. I
    Sep 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
    These useless politicians donot know the basics of health care and how so many people are affected by a small wrong decision. The govt spwnd peanuts over health care and expect the doctors to give world class treatment. The infrastructure of govt colleges is known to everyone. Second, the introduction of Ayush doctors in the emergency medical field is another big bad decision. They may be good to treat chronic conditions but definately not emergent conditions. Last but not the least, this govt is centered at collectig tax from the people in everyway possible and filling their treasurery. Please name one good thing that this govt has done in the last 3 years? Mr Amit Shah is comparing one govt with another. Instead he should focus on improving thegovt health sector.
    1. DrSundaram MK
      Aug 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm
      Dear Amith Shah, You made a mess of our health care delivery system by combining all forms of medicine Ayurveda, Unani, Homeo. You think Yoga and cows can cure diseases? Give health portfolio to a person who is in medical field and is well versed in the subject and a man of good repute. Think.... is shame to all of us in the field of medicine in this great country to see children die like flies in an ins ution for want of proper care and facility. In Kerala our health is looked after by an school teacher who do not know what in happening in the field of medicine. Her main job is giving press statements and threaten doctors and blame them. When an accident victim dies for want of treatment she is putting the blame on Hospitals and doctors. Crores of rupees of trauma care fund is not utilised and none of the government hospitals including Medical colleges are equipped to handle accident cases within the stipulated Golden hours. Roads break like biscuits in monsoon.
      1. A
        Aug 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm
        It reminds one of the puppy going under the wheels of the vehicle comment. Politicians think they can be insensitive when it concerns the life of an innocent faceless citizen (and stupid voter) but defensive about the administration when it is of one's own party and offensive when it is of the adversarial party. The poor citizen is nobody between elections and he is just collateral in whole rulers(politician) game. The voter gets all the g speeches and advisories as to how he should conduct his life to make India great but the politician or his party is not to be held accountable and responsible (no Aadhar and PAN for election funding and no party election funding scrutiny by the people). Why has the LOKPAL bill not been implemented at the centre and all the states if we are all so much for anti-corruption.
        1. M
          Aug 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm
          Sonebody please Mr. Shah that in India there is no concept of Govt. Festival. There are only two types of feativals in india, religious and national and only Indepence day and Republic day are national festival.
          1. D
            Aug 15, 2017 at 10:04 am
            I am expecting one more accident natural or planned death of some useless leader. Then PM will say log to marte rahte hai. Aae the aur chale gae -no big deal .
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