Shiv Sena Slams Yogi Government Terming Gorakhpur Tragedy 'Mass Murder'

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| August 14 , 2017 , 15:18 IST

As 63 children die in Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital, Shiv Sena has taken a stand against ally BJP, with its mouthpiece 'Saamana' terming the tragedy as 'mass murder' and saying that the suffering and pain of the poor don't move our politicians.

Referring to the deaths of children in UP's Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, in an editorial on Monday said, "This is mass murder of children".

It added, “If children really do die in August each year, how come children of politicians and local strongmen are spared? Death doesn't visit their homes?”

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the editorial said, “The sufferings of the poor don't move our politicians. And that is the failure of our Independence. This suffering and pain is the Mann Ki Baat of the poor.”

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“Thankfully, the government has at least admitted that there are so many deaths in Gorakhpur. Otherwise, they would have said that these children have only stopped breathing, and will start breathing again once they hear the independence speech delivered from Red Fort,” it added.

Although BJP is in an alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, it has not stopped the latter from criticising the NDA leadership be it over mob lynchings, demonetisation or GST.

The Shiv Sena has now attacked the Yogi led government in Uttar Pradesh as children died in a state-run hospital due to the alleged shortage of oxygen in the facility.

Over 60 children had died at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College. While the parents are claiming that the deaths were caused due to the lack of oxygen in the facility, the hospital authorities are denying the allegations.

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Notably, the oxygen supply in the hospital is disrupted by the vendor after the healthcare facility didn't settle the distributor's payment. According to Pushpa Private Limited, the oxygen supplier, the hospital, as on August 1, owed Rs 63 lakh pending since six months.

The state government has also supported the hospital authorities' claim saying the deaths of children in the hospital was caused by the unhygienic condition in the state and encephalitis among other reasons. As the state expressed the need of a full-fledged Central Virus Research Centre to fight against vector borne disease in the state, the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for the same.