Today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the Centre over its controversial statement that no COVID-19 deaths were reported due to a shortage of oxygen. Taking to his Twitter, he posted a video along with a caption written in Hindi, ‘Sab yaad rakha jaega’ translating to ‘Everything will be remembered’.
The video posted by Rahul Gandhi has been captioned as the ‘truth of oxygen shortage’. It claimed that the Indian Government had failed to protect the Right to Life and Health during the second wave of COVID-19. The video showed footage of people waiting in long queues to refill oxygen cylinders. It also displayed an article about a hospital in Goa where 75 people allegedly died due to a lack of oxygen supply.
The controversy took place on Tuesday when the Centre at the Rajya Sabha clarified that no deaths were reported due to lack of oxygen supply. It was responding to a question by Congress MP KC Venugopal. Responding to the statement, several Opposition leaders have widely criticised the Centre for the statement.
Satyendar Jain, the Health Minister of Delhi termed the statement ‘completely false’, whereas, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said the government was lying. Jain also raised the question that why hospitals were going to the High Court for shortages if there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that health is a state subject, and no state or union territory had provided any data regarding deaths, specifically due to a shortage of oxygen.
In India, COVID-19 cases surged dangerously from April to June and peaked in May with over 4-lakh cases and 4,000 deaths. Hospitals across the country had reported severe oxygen shortages for several days and private hospitals in the national capital approached the High Court demanding a steady supply.