Prime Minister too busy with Bengal election marketing campaign, Maharahstra Chief Minister instructed.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly tried to communicate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 concerning the extreme oxygen scarcity within the State, however couldn’t get by means of, as a result of the latter was campaigning in West Bengal, sources within the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) mentioned.
“The CM called the Prime Minister at about 10:30 a.m. this morning; this was his third attempt since yesterday to speak to Mr. Modi but we were told that he is busy campaigning in West Bengal and will return the call once he is back,” a supply in CMO mentioned.
However, the Union authorities on April 17 mentioned it was “shocked and saddened to see petty politics being played” over the difficulty of oxygen scarcity by Mr Thackeray.
Mr. Modi addressed two rallies in West Bengal on April 17 — in Asansol and Gangarampur.
Two day in the past, Mr. Thackeray had written to Mr. Modi searching for his intervention in making certain provide of Remidisivir and permission to airlift oxygen from northeastern States to Maharashtra, which is dealing with a scarcity.
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The lack of response from the PMO has offered contemporary ammunition to the Opposition to criticise the federal government’s negligent behaviour. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi in a tweet mentioned, “We will wait Hon. PM, for your election campaigning and rallies to conclude for an urgent intervention to save lives. But those who need Remdesevir and Oxygen may not have the luxury of time sir. PS: *EPIDEMIC IS AN EMERGENCY& NOT THE ELECTION.*”
Speaking at a press convention in Delhi, senior Congress chief P. Chidambaram additionally lashed out at Mr. Modi saying that he ought to have been at his desk coordinating with the State governments as a substitute of campaigning in West Bengal.
“The PM should be at his desk, accessible to every CM of this country. Chief Ministers can’t be speaking to private secretary of the Prime Minister,” the previous Finance Minister mentioned.
The authorities, he mentioned, ought to have deliberate upfront for scaling up the oxygen provide. There is sufficient capability on this nation to produce medical oxygen. “Why did the Prime Minister and his team ignore the fact that oxygen supply will become critical when the numbers double. They had a whole year to prepare for the second wave,” Mr. Chidambaram mentioned.
Trinamool Congress chief Derek O’ Brien tweeted, “Shocker. Maharashtra CM @OfficeofUT called Modi requesting for urgent supply of oxygen for his State. Was informed that the PM busy campaigning in Bengal. Will respond on his return,”
Adding to the controversy, NCP chief and Minister within the Uddhav Thackeray authorities, Nawab Malik, alleged that suppliers of Remidisivir injection have been particularly instructed by the central authorities not to provide the medication to Maharashtra and as a substitute divert it to Gujarat.
“Around 16 exporters are sitting on a storage of 20 lakh vials of Remidisivir. When the State government inquired about the supply, they informed that central government has prohibited them to supply the medicine to Maharashtra and has even threatened to cancel their permit if they do so,” mentioned Mr. Malik. He mentioned wanting on the scarcity of the medication inside the State, authorities will likely be left with no possibility however to seize complete storage.
He offered a letter from the Commissioner. Food & Drug Control Administration of Gujarat addressed to M/s BDR Lifesciences Pvt Ltd based mostly in Vadodara directing the corporate to provide and commerce Remidisivir solely in Gujarat.
Govt rebuts CM
Hitting again at Mr. Thackeray, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a strongly worded assertion said he was “saddened to see Uddhav Thackeray’s gimmicks” on the difficulty of oxygen provide and added that Mr. Thackeray wanted to “stop his daily dose of shameless politics and take responsibility.”
“Government of India, with all stakeholders, is ensuring maximum oxygen production in India. We are currently producing 110% of oxygen generating capacity and diverting all available oxygen from industrial use to medical use,” Mr. Goyal mentioned. He added that Maharashtra had thus far acquired the very best amount of oxygen in India and that the Centre was co-ordinating each day with States to assess wants and guarantee assist.
He additionally revealed that the Prime Minister in his conferences to evaluation oxygen availability and so forth. had careworn on synergy with State governments.
“Maharashtra is suffering from an inept and corrupt government and the Centre is doing its best for the people. People of Maharashtra are following ‘Majha Kutumbh, Majhi Javabdari’ (my family, my responsibility) dutifully. It is time the CM of the State also follows his duty in the spirit of ‘Majha Rajya, Majhi Javabdari’ (my State, my responsibility),” the Minister added.
Government sources instructed The Hindu that the sharp response had come after many days of “accusations and allegations” by Maharashtra leaders within the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities.
Terming the actions a diversionary tactic from the State’s personal “poor handling” of the COVID-19 pandemic “every time it comes under fire”. Sources mentioned “when the CM of Maharashtra went down to the level of putting petty and untrue allegations against the Prime Minister, Ministers had to give a factual position. Our response should not be construed as just a tit-for-tat but a factual response,” mentioned the supply.