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Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Death toll rises to 63, Cong questions Narendra Modi's silence

By जनता जनार्दन डेस्क | PUBLISHED: 12, Aug 2017, 14:02 pm IST | UPDATED: 12, Aug 2017, 14:02 pm IST

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Death toll rises to 63, Cong questions Narendra Modi's silence New Delhi: Leaders from the Opposition have upped the ante and demanded that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tender his resignation after more than 30 children died due to insufficient oxygen supply in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College in the past 48 hours.

Earlier today, a Congress delegation including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar reached BRD Medical College.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad expressing his concern over the incident said, "It's a heart-wrenching incident. I'm saddened by the children's death."

"This happened due to the state government's carelessness. Both Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education must resign. UP CM can't step back from duty and must apologise to the state. He had visited the place a day before this tragedy happened," said Azad lashing out at Yogi Adityanath.

Azad added that heads should be rolled and mere judicial inquiry into the matter was not sufficient.

Congress leader Manish Tewari echoed his party member's views.

"Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP and CM, he must take moral responsibility and step down, so should his Health Minister," Tewari added.

Congress's RPN Singh also held Adityanath government's responsible for the tragedy. Whatever happened was due to lapse on the government's, remarked Singh.

Bahujan Samajwadi Party's Sudhindra Bhadoria, squarely putting the blame on the Uttar Pradesh Chief minister, said that Adityanath should resign on moral grounds.  

"Hope he (Yogi Adityanath) has enough shame in him to go and express regret to the parents. It's a matter of great shame for UP CM. If there's any morality in this government then he should quit and go, for such disaster has happened," Bhadoria said.

UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, meanwhile, responding to the criticism said, "The Opposition is giving statements in haste. The UP government is committed to the service of people."

Maurya assured that strict action will be taken.
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