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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 9:45:49 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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