New Delhi: Just a day after locking horns with the BJP over the oxygen audit report, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday offered an olive branch to the Centre and said if the fight over oxygen is over, then let’s do some work. He also said that all should come together to make a system work to ensures that nobody will lack oxygen in the third wave. He went on to add that in the second, people suffered a severe shortage of oxygen and this should not happen in the third wave.Also Read - COVID Symptoms? Follow These Measures Immediately For Quick Recovery And Help Others From Getting Infected
Kejriwal also called for everyone to work together to ensure there is no shortage of oxygen in the next Covid wave. “The virus will win if there is a fight among stakeholders,” Kejriwal tweeted, a day after his Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP hit out at each other over the report that said Delhi’s oxygen needs were exaggerated four times over during the second Covid wave. Also Read - Kejriwal Govt Bans Entry of Medium and Heavy Vehicles in Delhi From October 1, Here's Why
“May we work now if your fight over oxygen is finished? Let us together make a system so no one faces shortage of oxygen in third wave, Kejriwal said in his tweet in Hindi. Also Read - India's Daily COVID Tally Crosses 13k Mark, Health Minister Mandaviya to Chair Crucial Meeting on Rising Cases
The Delhi chief minister said that there was an acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave and it should not be so in the third wave. “The Corona will win if we fight with each other. The nation will win if we fight together,” he added.
While AAP leaders accused the BJP of cooking up the report from the Supreme Court-appointed committee, the saffron party charged the Delhi government with “criminal negligence”. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the “bogus” and “misleading” report was “cooked up” at BJP’s office and submitted by the Centre in the apex court.
The sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court to audit oxygen consumption in hospitals in the national capital during the second wave said the Delhi government “exaggerated” the consumption of oxygen and made a claim of 1,140 MT, four times higher than the formula for bed capacity requirement of 289 MT.
The five-member panel, headed by AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, said the Delhi government had made the claims for allocation of 700 MT oxygen on April 30 of medical grade oxygen using a “wrong formula”.