After Union min says no deaths from lack of oxygen, Congress prepares privilege notice
Accusing Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar of misleading Parliament by giving "false information" in the Parliament, the opposition Congress announced that it was moving a privilege notice against the minister. Pawar, in a question related to the number of deaths due to lack of oxygen in hospitals at the peak of the second wave, had said in a written reply that no such cases were reported by the states of UTs. "Detailed guidelines for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union health ministry to all states and UTs. Accordingly, all states and UTs report cases and deaths to the Union health ministry on a regular basis. However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs," he stated in the Parliament.
Congress leaders were vociferous in criticism. MP Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "There was not just a shortage of oxygen. There was an acute shortage of sensitivity and truth then, it was there then and is there now too." Former finance minister P. Chidambaram said the government has perfected the art of facing every tragedy with bluff and bluster. "First, it was no shortage of vaccines. Just yesterday, Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh reported it has run out of vaccines. It is the same story in many vaccination centres," he tweeted.
K.C. Venugopal, who announced he will move the privilege motion against Pawar, said that everyone has seen how people died due to a shortage of oxygen in several states, including the national capital. "Actually, the minister misled the house and I will move a privilege against that minister definitely because the minister misguided and misled the house by giving false information," the Congress leader told reporters.