BJP leaders in UP complain as govt puts up a brave face

As Uttar Pradesh continues to battle the second wave of Covid-19, there are rising voices of unease inside the state BJP, with various MLAs and MPs elevating questions concerning the state authorities’s dealing with of the scenario — from scarcity of hospital beds to alleged lack of cooperation from authorities to cope with the tons of of SOS calls from their constituencies.

Over the previous couple of weeks, lots of them have written to the Chief Minister with these complaints, prompting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has himself solely lately recovered from Covid-19, to begin visiting hotspot districts within the state and overview preparations.

Whereas Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar’s Could 6 letter to Adityanath complaining about poor Covid care in his Lok Sabha constituency, Bareilly, noticed the CM taking inventory of the scenario within the district, earlier, Uttar Pradesh Cupboard Minister and Lucknow MLA Brijesh Pathak; BJP’s Bareilly MLA Kesar Singh who finally died of Covid; Mohanlalganj MLA Kaushal Kishore who misplaced his brother to Covid; Basti MP Haish Dwivedi; Bhadohi MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and Kanpur MP Satyadev Pachauri too had written such letters to the CM, stating the failure of the system and the way they felt helpless as calls poured in with requests for hospital beds and medical provides comparable to oxygen.

The get together has needed to endure private losses, with at the least 4 BJP MLAs dying of Covid for the reason that second wave began — Lucknow West’s Suresh Srivastava, Rae Bareli’s Dal Bahadur Kori, Bareilly’s Kesar Singh, Auraiya’s Ramesh Diwakar — and plenty of others shedding their family members.

On Sunday, BJP’s Firozabad MLA Pappu Lodhi, who’s himself Covid constructive, had launched a video on social media saying his Covid-positive spouse needed to spend 2-Three hours mendacity on the bottom at S N Medical School Agra as she waited for a mattress.

Uttar Pradesh, which has the fourth highest caseload within the nation, each by way of complete (15 lakh) and lively instances (2.25 lakh), has been reporting a extreme scarcity of healthcare assets. Among the many worst affected districts of Uttar Pradesh are Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Meerut, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Bareilly and Moradabad. These districts, represented by among the greatest leaders within the BJP, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Varanasi) and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), account for nearly half (7.38 lakh) of the full 15.03 lakh Covid-19 instances recorded within the state.

A variety of BJP leaders The Indian Categorical spoke to stated they’ve been flooded with requests for assist from their constituencies, however had been unable to fulfill their calls for.

Whereas Mohanlalganj MP Kaushal Kishore stated the scenario has improved within the final three days, Meerut MP Rajendra Agarwal stated “they had been nonetheless racing in opposition to time” to fulfill the necessities of the folks.

Among the MPs additionally warned that the Covid scenario in rural areas of the state could possibly be “alarming” as many instances usually are not “getting recorded nor being dealt with correctly”. “Within the villages, issues are getting dangerous. They don’t seem to be solely unaware of the scenario, but additionally refusing to go to hospitals. The variety of instances goes up there. We try to create consciousness amongst them,” stated Kishore.

BJP chief and Faizabad MP Lallu Singh, nonetheless, stated the scenario was easing during the last three days. “I used to get at the least 150 calls a day until 1 am or so. Now it has come all the way down to 20-25. District authorities are responding to calls now. Throughout election time, there have been points. However now each the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister are seeing to it that the required amenities, together with oxygen producing centres, are in place,” Singh stated.

BJP MLA Mahesh Trivedi, who represents Kidwai Nagar constituency in Kanpur, too stated the scenario has improved during the last 4-5 days. “Earlier, my workplace would get 250-300 cellphone calls a day from folks, searching for assist for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders or medicines, however now I get 8-10 such calls each day,” Trivedi stated.

The state authorities, on its half, has maintained that the scenario is getting higher. “The second wave, unexpectedly, introduced a problem earlier than the state in addition to your complete nation. The scenario is underneath management now. Over the past 10 days, lively instances within the state have gone down by 85,000,” Adityanath stated in Ayodhya on Monday.

Adityanath has up to now visited 4 districts — Bareilly, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Ayodhya — the place he has inspected hospitals and reviewed the Covid administration with officers and public representatives.

Sidharth Nath Singh, a Cupboard Minister within the Adityanath authorities, argued that whereas the state authorities has been constructing capability, the rise in instances made their work more durable. “The ratio between capability and requirement is round 1:10. Naturally there shall be disaster,” Singh advised The Indian Categorical.

However he argued that for the reason that pandemic broke out, the state’s infrastructure and capability have improved. Itemizing out the federal government’s efforts, he stated almost 60,000 paramedical workers are being skilled to cope with the Covid scenario; all districts have ventilator techniques; 1,000 MT oxygen was equipped on Saturday; and that each one 822 Group Well being Centres within the state got 20 oxygen cylinders every in order that villagers could possibly be handled instantly. “We weren’t sleeping,” he added.

Whereas BJP leaders The Indian Categorical spoke to stated the scenario was easing, BSP chief and Saharanpur MP Haji Fazlur Rehman stated there was no let-up.

Saying he nonetheless will get 60-70 calls per day asking for assist in getting oxygen cylinders and hospital beds, Rehman stated, “Solely two individuals are working round right here to rearrange issues — the DM and the SP. Non-Covid sufferers are additionally dying because of lack of oxygen assist. Vaccination can be not choosing up.”

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