Gorakhpur incident not first of its kind: Amit Shah

Action will be taken based on inquiry report, he tells media

August 14, 2017 09:12 pm | Updated 09:25 pm IST - Bengaluru

Amit Shah

Amit Shah

BJP national president Amit Shah has said that incidents similar to the one at a hospital in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh, where over 60 children have died over the last five days due to non-supply of oxygen, have happened before.

“The work of the Congress,” he said, “is only to ask for resignations.”

He was responding to a question whether Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should resign owning moral responsibility for the incident.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, as part of his three-day tour of Karnataka to strengthen the party in the poll-bound State, he said the BJP did not believe in taking action against anybody without first holding an inquiry. “The Chief Minister has instituted a time-bound inquiry. Once the report is submitted, we will make it public and take action against those responsible.”

To another question on the alleged insensitivity of the Chief Minister calling for a grand celebration of Krishna Janmashtami, Mr. Shah said everybody was pained by the death of the children. But Janmashtami was not a government programme.

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