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Oxygen report: BJP says ‘crime’ by Kejriwal; CM says party calling victims liars

Addressing a webcast, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said members of the Supreme Court’s oxygen audit committee have “not signed or approved” the interim report.

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi |
Updated: June 26, 2021 8:58:56 am
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (File)

The Supreme Court sub-group interim report on medical oxygen sparked a war of words between the BJP and the AAP on Friday, with the ruling party at the Centre leveling charges of “criminal negligence” against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who hit back saying he fought so that “two crore people of Delhi could breathe”.

“My crime: I fought for the right of two crore Delhiites to breathe. When you were addressing election rallies, I spent sleepless nights trying to arrange oxygen for people. I fought, pleaded. People lose their loved ones due to shortage of oxygen. Don’t call them liars, they will feel very bad,” the CM tweeted.

Addressing a webcast, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said members of the Supreme Court’s oxygen audit committee have “not signed or approved” the interim report. He also lashed out at the BJP, saying it is circulating a document prepared in “its party headquarters”.

The Congress also waded into the row, with its Delhi unit chief Anil Chaudhary tweeting that adequate arrangements could have prevented tragedies such as the one at Jaipur Golden Hospital.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Imagine the amount of criminality. This is a heinous crime by Arvind Kejriwal. This is criminal negligence as the panel says he sought four times more oxygen than required. The report has exposed the politics he did to shift blame from his incompetence and failure to deal with Covid.”

He alleged that due to “Kejriwal’s lies”, 12 states were affected as oxygen supply was diverted from those places to meet the needs of the national capital. “You were proving incompetent. You had to shift blame and for that you pressed a false alarm and spread panic across the country,” he claimed.

Sisodia claimed that “what the BJP is trying to pass off as a report prepared by the Supreme Court committee was actually drafted in the BJP headquarters”.

“One purported report is being quoted as having said that Delhi’s oxygen demand was inflated. There is no such report. The report being shared by the BJP does not exist at all. The BJP is lying. The members of the panel we spoke to are saying they have not signed or approved any report. The matter is sub-judice and one should not play politics over issues that are in the court,” Sisodia said.

Oxygen management was the Centre’s responsibility, he said. “They are not actually abusing Kejriwal. Through their claims, they are targeting those who lost their loved ones due to lack of medical oxygen. Were the patients, their kin and doctors lying? What about those who have moved the court over such deaths?”

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