More embarrassment for Indian government as New Zealand high commission in Delhi deletes tweet seeking help on oxygen cylinder from Youth Congress leader


A huge controversy has erupted after The New Zealand High Commission in Delhi deleted its tweet seeking help from the Youth Congress for oxygen cylinders. Many believed that the high commission may have been forced to delete the tweet under pressure from the Indian government.

Tagging Youth Congress and its national head, Srinivas BV, New Zealand high commission had tweeted, “Could you please help with oxygen cylinders urgently at the New Zealand High Commission? Thank you.”

As expected, Srinivas and his team arrived outside the New Zealand high commission with oxygen cylinders. But, the high commission’s tweet had disappeared from Twitter by then. The high commission issued a clarification, “We are trying all sources to arrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our appeal has unfortunately been misinterpreted, for which we are sorry.”

After arriving with oxygen cylinders, Srinivas tweeted, “We have reached New Zealand High Commission with oxygen cylinders. Please open the gates and save a soul on time. #SOSIYC.”

He later updated his post with a video, “Update- New Zealand high commission opened gates of the embassy and accepted cylinders. Also, they thanked the #SOSIYC team for this quick relief as patient inside embassy was critically ill.”

A visibly embarrassed Indian government reacted with this statement, “The Chief of Protocol and Heads of Divisions are in continuous touch with all High Commissions/Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to Covid. This includes facilitating their hospital treatment. Given the pandemic situation, all are urged not to hoard essential supplies, including oxygen.”

A high commission of a first-world country seeking desperate help from the youth wing of India’s opposition party is capable of heaping more embarrassment on the Narendra Modi government for its abject failure in dealing with the pandemic. Many experts have wondered if India had any government given that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been absent from public glare even when scores are dying in India’s national capital.