At least 60 children die in Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: How political leaders reacted

Citing the situation in Gorakhpur, the Lok Sabha constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Opposition parties and many other political outlets has slammed the Uttar Pradesh government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 10:35 pm
Gorakhpur,Gorakhpur tragedy,Yogi Adityanath,UP hospital deaths,UP government,Gorakhpur hospital deaths,Baba Raghav Das Medical College, jp nadda, gorakhpur news The children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital died because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav

At least 60 children have lost their lives in over five days in a Gorakhpur hospital run by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital died because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward. While the deaths are being blamed on infections and on alleged oxygen supply shortage in the medical institute’s paediatrics ward, hospital and district administration rejected oxygen shortage as the reason. “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to the shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons,” said District Magistrate Gorakhpur Rajeev Rautela.

Citing the situation in Gorakhpur, the Lok Sabha constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Opposition parties and many other political outlets have slammed the Uttar Pradesh government. Meanwhile, the state government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and the report will be out in 24 hours. The UP government has also said that stringent action will be taken against those found guilty of the high number of death of infants.

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UP state ministers have also criticised the Opposition for trying to politicise the death of the infants. State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh also told news agency ANI that Opposition should refrain from politicising the issue. The Prime Minister’s Office also took to Twitter to announce that PM Narendra Modi is monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur and is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and state governments.

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Here’s how political leaders from various parties and the Opposition reacted to the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy:

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi: Deeply pained. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. BJP govt is responsible and should punish the negligent, who caused this tragedy.

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj: The deaths which took place in a Gorakhpur hospital were very saddening. The person, who switched off the oxygen supply on the pretext of non-payment of dues, was responsible for the incident.

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan: This is an hour of test for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. I am sure he will take it very seriously and it must be taken so.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati: As many as 60 children have died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur in the last six-seven days. This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government.

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Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav: The company supplying oxygen had informed the principal
(of Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital) that it would stop the supply if payment was not made and the government must be aware that the deaths have been caused due to a shortage of oxygen.

Rashtriya Lok Dal UP state unit president Masood Ahmed: The health minister should resign on moral grounds. It seems he had been busy working as a spokesman of the government and does not have the ability to work as the health minister.

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh: The Chief Minister was not informed by the doctors and officials about the shortage of oxygen neither on July 9 nor on August 9. The shortage of oxygen was not highlighted. The medical education minister was also not briefed about it. Appropriate action will be taken keeping these points in mind and a probe will be done.

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Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad: This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of the state government. We hold the state government responsible for it. The health minister and the health secretary must immediately tender resignation. The doctors should not be blamed for this.

BRD Medical University Principal Rajeev Mishra giving his explanation in front of Uttar Pradesh Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon and Health Minister of State Sidharthnath Singh on Saturday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon: The Chief Minister is keeping a close watch on the entire issue. We will take appropriate action after investigating all aspects.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya: Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav: Pained to hear abt loss of innocent lives in Gorakhpur hospital. Total incompetence & negligence of Yogi govt. Culprits must be punished.

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    Indian
    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    Increasing the defense budget is more important.
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      Well Wisher Indian
      Aug 14, 2017 at 9:41 am
      This Yogi is not fit to be the CM...i doubt if he is even fit to be a priest at a temple..... If they have conscience MODI YOGI both should resign...Wah Ache Din.......Bhaiyo Behno Mitro" Sabka Saath Sab ka Vikash...May God bless this Country...Modi can click selfies with the orphan jewish boy in Israel but cannot visit this hospital in UP....
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        Kishan Lal
        Aug 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
        All leader really showing any concerns. Have any one of them beyond politics and really behaving human. What they have really done. They are also integral part of government. The official are trying to save their faces. Because non of who died close to them as such government treatment places are not for VIP people and leaders so who care for poor. Non of poor ever get any special treatment it is always Kamchalu thing done for poor. Whatever claims made our nation still not developing genuanly any sector due to all bad things corruption to irresponsibility.
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          lokesh kumar
          Aug 13, 2017 at 7:54 am
          Up govt is a careless department towards medical line so children lost their life due to unsupply of oxyzen Beware up govt Solve this problem
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            MannA S
            Aug 13, 2017 at 5:19 am
            No Baim game on such a painful tragedy .So many children lost their life due to negligence of the administrators. UP must remember the example of set by Sashtri Ji. Tlme to follow him.
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              bola
              Aug 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm
              Some spokespersons, especially two women, who were seen arduously defending the government in the case of Gorakhpur-Tragedy on TV sounded heartless giving credence to Shakespeare's words " female of the species are more ----. Heartless statements of leaders make one wonder whether we are in a civilised society. Spirituality, I thought, meant detachment to power, comforts, security etc. Well, spirituality needs to be redefined. Just the attire alone does not make a man or a woman spiritual.
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                Navneet Bhatnagar
                Aug 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm
                Though the incident is very sad, but equally indignant is your trying to capitalize on this incident by showing a dead baby and her closed eyelids . How very insensitive of Indian Express to show such poignant moments of grieving parents?
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                  Deep
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 10:19 pm
                  It is not about Modi or yogi it is about incompetent doctors who procured degree on reserved quota basis not real merit. Remember this was a government medical college and hospital so 70percent doctors were ones that got jobs n admission due to reservation.
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                    C Panneerselvam
                    Aug 13, 2017 at 1:06 am
                    You mean to say all the doctors working there only in reserved quota? Kids have died due to negligence of UP GOVT. UP CM should take moral responsibility and resign immediately.
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                      Thangavel, Sydney
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 8:21 am
                      How long you guys would keep blaming the problems are due to reserved quota? It is the quality of training, exposure people get and hard work in learning that decide the skill level and not birth. People have proven success by using the opportunity and by hard work. Many are even better than people belonging to forward community.
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