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Cong accuses BJP govts of criminal negligence

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday said the criminal negligence of BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand had led to the deaths of hundreds of children and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take decisive action in the matter besides coming out with a statement on the issue.

"Will the prime minister and the health ministry wake up from their slumber," Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala asked. The question was whether they would take "decisive action" against the governments and health ministers of UP and Jharkhand, he said.
The Congress also urged the prime minister to issue a statement on the deaths and asked if he would now take action against the Union health minister and his ministry "who have been criminally complicit in ignoring this entire episode".
Surjewala told reporters here that "hundreds of children" had died in BJP-ruled states.
The Congres leader alleged that the criminal negligence of the BJP governments had "completely decimated" the health structure in the country. The deaths of children and others "exposed their lacklustre attitude and criminal neglect", he said.
The latest example, Surjewala pointed out, was the death of 49 children in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.
"This comes after the Gorakhpur deaths reached 357," he claimed, adding that in the last 24 hours, 13 more children had died in UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's citadel.
"Yogi has turned Uttar Pradesh into a 'rogi' (ailing) state," he said. But such incidents were not restricted to UP, he added.
Surjewala said in Banswara, Rajasthan, 86 children had died in the last 53 days. A total of 236 children had died in Banswara this year, he claimed.
In Ranchi in BJP-ruled Jharkhand, 133 children had died in the last 28 days, and 164 children in Jamshedpur. A total of 800 children had died so far, he said.

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