Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Congress terms it ‘murder’, demands CM Yogi Adityanath’s resignation

"Who will decide it was death or murder? The entire focus of the government is on cow-slaughter, singing of Vande Matram, where the flag is being hoisted on August 15" Raj Babbar said. "A case of murder should be lodged against the government and those associated with it," he added.

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published:August 13, 2017 7:49 pm
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The Uttar Pradesh Congress on Sunday termed the large number of infant deaths in a Gorakhpur hospital “murder” and demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adiytanath’s resignation, saying if he was unable to handle an institution, how will he run the state.

“70 children were murdered in the last four days (since August 10). The state government is responsible for their murder. This government is a killer and I want to ask how many more children will be killed,” Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar told reporters in Lucknow.  “When a chief minister is unable to handle a medical college in his home district, how would he run the state? He should immediately resign from his post,” he told while attacking the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

Demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the victim’s parents, he said a case of murder should be lodged against those who are guilty. Babbar said the Congress would run a state-wide campaign on the issue but did not disclose the date when it would start. He hailed the media for the “unbiased reporting” on the issue and said, “Who will decide it was death or murder? The entire focus of the government is on cow-slaughter, singing of Vande Matram, where the flag is being hoisted on August 15”.

The Congress leader said that under the UPA government, Rs 150 crore was given to the BRD medical college hospital and a 100-bed ward was also constructed. “The chief minister had visited the hospital, but he was not aware about the oxygen crisis. The CM has constituted a probe committee but the government has already said that deaths were not due to shortage of oxygen. Then why a probe?” the UPCC president said.

He also slammed state Health minister Sidharth Nath Singh for terming deaths in August as “routine”. Referring to the statement of a BJP MP that the incident was “massacre”, Babbar said, “A case of murder should be lodged against the government and those associated with it”.

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  1. D
    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm
    Did congressi had their dirty politic hand in this murders ?
    1. N
      Aug 14, 2017 at 3:05 am
      For god sake, This is not the time for Politics and blame games, kindly help the victims and their families, please stop visiting hospitals by politicians, let officials do their job first, and try to help govt and officials not to repeat incidents like this ever again.
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        Thrinethran T
        Aug 14, 2017 at 2:21 am
        The country's investment in public health is unconscionably low, and the conditions in public hospitals reflect the official apathy and indifference to the healthcare of ordinary citizens. As for the Congress Party, it is hopeless to expect any better. What happened after the Kollam fireworks tragedy, which was forewarned repeatedly by nearby residents, in fact the District administration's ban was ministerially revoked: Resulting in111 deaths and many more injured. Then, no removal of the Congress CM?
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          George Cruz
          Aug 14, 2017 at 2:14 am
          Why the congress party is silent on the illegal Bangladeshi Muslim Junk's atrocities in W.Bengal wherein hundreds of innocent/peaceful Hindu families were slaughtered?????? Weren't those atrocities cold blood killings by the illegal Bangladeshi Muslim Junk?????? Why is Mamata Begum in W.Bengal silent on these heinous murders???????????
          1. S
            Aug 14, 2017 at 1:53 am
            when Chanakya was asked he was also able so why he wanted to make Chandragupta the king. Chanakya replied - a king should be living a social family life having wife sons and daughter so that he can understand the sensitivity and pain in relations and behave same with ppl. I being a sanyasi. ..I am not fit for the position.
            1. I
              Indian Abroad
              Aug 14, 2017 at 12:36 am
              Raj Babbar and Congress area a joke. But I am not sure if Yogi is a right choice to lead UP.
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                ISHWARI ALLAHABAD
                Aug 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                Shameful to opposition also for not playing constructive role, visit public utility places like this and point out defects and force the Govt to take preventive measure, a constructive approach instead of crying and crying. IP Srivastava
                1. N
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 3:32 am
                  absolutely, I wish every one think like you Ishwari Ji from Allahabad, its sad that politicians instead of helping victims and the govt in such a sad situations they look for their millage, where Indian politics and politicans are leading to
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                  Peoples Person
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm
                  Opposition will do nything to get mileage out of tragedies,instead of helping the victims. The Indian doctors are most corrupt will only work if they can generate money.they are most unethical like politicians. It appears to be act of terrorsm. Should be punished the administration and doctors.
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