Jammu and Kashmir government has received flak from an unexpected quarter – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Local unit of the saffron party has criticized the UT administration and said that people of Jammu region have suffered due to lack of timely oxygen supply, resulting in many avoidable deaths.
BJP attributed the situation to the alleged careless attitude of the administration in installing 37 oxygen plants sanctioned by the Centre in August last year.
In a statement, BJP stated that it fully sympathises with the aggrieved families and shares their sorrow. “It is shameful that at a time of crisis of such magnitude when the need of the hour was to fight the pandemic unitedly, certain elements chose to play a blame game which was purely a ‘Modi Vidroh’ than Corona Vidroh” the statement read.
(Retd) Brig Anil Gupta, Spokesperson of the Party said that PM Modi was blamed for the shortage of oxygen in the region. “A few accused Modi Government for ignoring Jammu at the cost of Kashmir” he said.
Giving details, it said that during the first wave, Jammu had only three oxygen plants in GMC. “For ensuring adequate oxygen supply 37 oxygen plants were released for the Jammu Division by the Modi Government last year” he said.
The party informed that tenders worth Rs 235 crore had been floated to set up the plants, but sadly It did not happen. It is this careless attitude which is responsible for the shortage of oxygen when the second wave arrived.