Bengaluru: Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Tuesday demanded resignation of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa over the death of patients allegedly due to Oxygen shortage.
Over 24 patients, including several COVID-19 patients, died at a government hospital in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen.
In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah also asked Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Dr Sudhakar K and District in-charge Minister S Suresh Kumar to resign “immediately” on moral grounds.
“Dr Sudhakar K is lying by saying only 3 patients died due to oxygen shortage. 28 patients died in Chamarajanagar alone yesterday due to oxygen shortage. The govt is trying to fool the entire nation,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
“District in-charge minister S Suresh Kumar has not conducted any meeting with the officers or visited even once regarding #Covid19 preparations. How many more lives have to be sacrificed for the minister to wake up?”
“Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa along with Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Dr Sudhakar K and District in-charge Minister S Suresh Kumar should take moral responsibility for the disaster and immediately resign,” the former Karnataka Chief Minister tweeted.
He demanded compensation for the families of the victims.
“I urge the government to announce Rs. 25 lakh compensation to the families of #Chamarajanagar #OxygenCrisis victims. Many were very young & were the sole breadwinners of the family.”
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has spoken to the district collector over the incident and called an emergency Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. (PW News)