Amidst 79 little children dying due to stop in oxygen supply, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, has a priority of his own. On Sunday, his office issued a communique to the state Director General of Police, Sulkhan Singh, instructing him to organise ‘grand Janmasthami celebrations’ across state.
The letter said, “It’s noteworthy that such celebrations were halted in the past. Krishna Janmashtami is an important festival and the police should organise it in a traditional and grand way.”
The letter was dated 13 August, two days after it was reported that 60 innocent children had died at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s hometown. His government has been condemned for its handling of the situation. On 13 August alone, as many as 16 more children had died.
Adityanath had visited the hospital with Union Health Minister JP Nadda. During his visit, he had ordered the removal of Dr Kafeel Ahmad, the doctor, who was hailed as a hero for saving scores of lives by personally ferrying oxygen cylinders with his own money.
On Monday, the AIIMS Residents’ Doctors Association had strongly condemned Adityanath’s decision adding that Dr Ahmad was being a scapegoat.
Adityanath’s official order instructing the state’s police chief to hold grand celebrations of Janmasthami has evoked angry reactions at a time when 79 mothers had lost their own little Krishnas.
Samajwadi Party’s spokesperson, Kirti Nidhi Pandey told Janta Ka Reporter, “Yogi government is trying to hide its incompetency by issuing this order. This government should be in mourning and not in celebration mood. But we are talking about a shameless government.”
Janta Ka Reporter contacted the UP DGP office, but officers were unavailable for comments.
Janmasthami is celebrate to mark the birth of Lord Krishna across the globe.