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Former CM Siddaramaiah mocked for poll invitation to Rahul Gandhi




The BJP in Karnataka on Saturday mocked former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for inviting Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the southern state.

“A man who could not win election in his own constituency is laying carpet for another loser,” tweeted the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP’s tweet was in reference to Siddaramaiah losing the state Assembly election in May 2018 from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru to Janata Dal-Secular’s (JD-S) G.T. Deve Gowda. The Congress leader, however, won from the Badami Assembly constituency in Bagalkot district.

Siddaramaiah on Friday said Karnataka has supported Congress leaders like Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the past and urged the “next Prime Minister” Rahul Gandhi to contest from the state as well.

“Karnataka has always supported and encouraged Congress leaders. It has been proved in case of Indira ji and Sonia ji. We also want our next Prime Minister of India Rahul Gandhi to contest from Karnataka and herald a new developmental paradigm,” the Congress leader said in a tweet.

While former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had contested and won from Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha seat during the 1978 by-election, Sonia Gandhi had defeated BJP leader Sushma Swaraj from Ballari Lok Sabha constituency during the 1999 general elections.

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Oxygen to be sold in Uttar Pradesh on doctor’s prescription only




The Uttar Pradesh government has now made a doctor’s prescription mandatory for buying oxygen or refilling cylinders.

Additional chief secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal said, the decision was taken to curb hoarding of oxygen cylinders in homes.

“While we are continuously taking steps to ensure oxygen supply and it will not be possible to meet the rising demand, if people begin hoarding oxygen at home in anticipation of an emergency. Oxygen will now be sold only if one presents a doctor’s prescription, even if it’s on WhatsApp,” he said.

Officials have been deployed to oxygen filling centres to ensure there is no black-marketing.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said that police should also be deputed at filling centres.

Sehgal said, 31 hospitals in the state are also setting up an air separator to manufacture oxygen from the air, thus curbing dependence on liquid oxygen supply.

The plant will be operational in two weeks. The centre has allocated 1,500 oxygen concentrators to Uttar Pradesh for distribution in hospitals.

Each concentrator is meant for one patient and will ensure they do not require further intervention.

The chief minister has also ordered to set up a control room to monitor availability of oxygen in the state. The food safety and drug administration department and home department have been directed to monitor the control room.

Industrial units using oxygen for manufacturing have been given the nod to convert the supply for medicinal purpose.

Those factories which manufacture medical oxygen and have been lying shut will also be revived. Private hospitals are also being encouraged to set up their own oxygen plants.

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Oxygen and ICU bed shortage causing deaths: Rahul Gandhi




Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has stepped up attack on the centre for Covid management. He said that many deaths have been caused due to shortage of Oxygen and ICU beds.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday tweeted, “Corona can cause a fall in oxygen level but it’s #OxygenShortage & lack of ICU beds which is causing many deaths. GOI, this is on you.”

The Country is reeling under acute oxygen shortage with critically ill patients require oxygen. Delhi is witnessing shortage of oxygen and around 25 Covid-19 patients have died in the last 24 hours in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the hospital authority said on Friday.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday evening raised an alarm for immediate need of oxygen supply as over 140 critical patients admitted in the hospitals were on ventilators and on oxygen support. However the reports say that hospital has got oxygen supply now.

With Delhi Government’s efforts, the hospitals received oxygen supply late on Thursday night (at 1 a.m.), however, the hospitals said it received only two MT of oxygen which will last merely for the next few hours.

“Ventilators and Bipap are not working effectively. Resorting to manual ventilation in ICUs and ED. Major Major crisis likely. Life of another 60 sickest patients at risk. Need urgent intervention,” said Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, in a statement early morning on Friday.

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BJP is guilty of gross criminal negligence: Jaiveer Shergill




As the daily Covid cases crossed three lakhs on Thursday, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill alleged that the BJP is guilty of gross criminal negligence and is not doing “Jansevaa” but is “Jaanlevaa” Sarkar.

Jaiveer Shergill in a statement on Thursday said, “BJP is guilty of gross criminal negligence – Rising Cases, Increasing Deaths & Collapsing Health Infra is living proof of the fact that BJP is not ‘Jansevaa’ but ‘Jaanlevaa’ Sarkar – History will never forgive BJP’s Jumlajeevis.”

India reported 3,14,835 Covid-19 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic early last year, taking the overall infection tally to 1,59,30,965 on Thursday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.

Since April 15, India has continued to report over 2 lakh new Covid-19 cases on a daily basis.

There were 2,95,041 new cases on Wednesday, 2,59,170 cases on April 20, 2,73,510 on April 19, 2,61,500 on April 18, 2,34,692 on April 17, 2,17,353 on April 16 and 2,00,739 on April 15.

Meanwhile, 2,104 additional people died due to the virus, which took the total death toll to 1,84,657.

This is the second consecutive day that the country has registered over 2,000 deaths in a single-day.

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