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The shocking deaths in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital of 63 children turned into a blame game as officials passed the buck on who was actually responsible for the deaths.
While reports say that lack of oxygen supply due to non-payment of bills caused the deaths, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has announced a probe to uncover the reason behind the deaths. As the Opposition called for the resignation of the Health Minister of state and of UP CM Yogi Adityanath, the hospital chief Dr. Rajeev Misra has been suspended and CM Yogi has promised to "not spare anyone found guilty" in the probe.
UP CM Yogi has said that he is personally monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur, his own constituency, and has also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the incident.
"Deaths due to oxygen shortage would mean a despicable incident," said CM Yogi.
Meanwhile, CM Yogi has blamed dirty surroundings and open defecation for the children's deaths.
"Since 1978 children in eastern UP are dying due to lack of sanitation and defecating in the open," he said.
Opposition leaders condemned the incident and offered condolences to the families.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad visited the hospital and said, "Heart-wrenching incident. Saddened by children's death. This happened due to state government's carelessness."
"Families of the dead were sent off with the bodies, they did not even do autopsies... extremely unfortunate," former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav alleged in a tweet.
"I am pained beyond words," said Congress President Sonia Gandhi, while her son Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Deeply pained. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. BJP government is responsible and should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy."