On Thursday, informing the seriousness of the oxygen shortage in Delhi, the deputy chief minister of the national capital, Manish Sisodia said that after some time, it will be tough to save lives and already some Delhi hospitals have run out of oxygen completely.

At a press conference, he said that regarding the shortage, he has been receiving emails and messages and added, “We’ve been making internal arrangements for now, but it will become tough to save lives after some time. Some Delhi hospitals have run out of oxygen completely. They have no options left.”

Accusing the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana of blocking the oxygen supply of Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader pointed out that the main reason behind the oxygen crisis in the national capital is Haryana-UP’s ‘jungle raj’. He said that even after talking to them, “things aren’t changing on the ground”.

Sisodia also spoke about the decision of the Centre to increase the oxygen supply in Delhi and some other states and questioned Haryana-UP’s behavior as if they had some problem with Delhi. He added that against the pandemic, all have to be united.

Urging the Centre to take paramilitary forces’ assistance if needed, Sisodia asked the Centre to ensure the oxygen supply to Delhi as currently, medical oxygen is a critical element for serious Covid-19 patients’ treatment. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Haryana has been accused by the Delhi government of stopping supplies into Delhi.

However, terming the allegation as baseless, the Haryana government said the supply was interrupted due to technical reasons. On Wednesday the health minister of Haryana, Anil Vij said, “No supply has been stopped to Delhi. This is not true.” while claiming that the Delhi government looted one of the oxygen tankers going to Delhi from Faridabad.


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