New Delhi: The Centre and Delhi government are engaged in a political battle over an interim report submitted by a Supreme Court-appointed panel to conduct oxygen utilisation audit in Delhi during the second Covid-19 wave. Central government sources say the report indicates that Delhi exaggerated its oxygen requirement by four times during the second wave of the pandemic. AAP, however, insists there is no such report and the claim is part of “malicious and false” propaganda.Also Read - Rajinder Nagar By-election Result: AAP's Durgesh Pathak Wins, Says, 'This is CM Kejriwal's Victory'
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday denied existence of any such report by the Supreme Court-appointed Oxygen Audit Committee and accused the BJP of lying, at an online press briefing. “There is no such report. We have spoken to the members of the Oxygen Audit Committee formed by the Supreme Court. They said they have not signed or approved any such report. The BJP is presenting a false report that it prepared at its party headquarters. I challenge them to present such a report which has signatures of the members of the oxygen audit committee,” Sisodia said. Also Read - New Maharashtra Govt on Cards? Eknath Shinde Met Devendra Fadnavis Last Night in Gujarat: Report
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By doing this, the BJP is not abusing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, but “those who lost their family members due to oxygen shortage when coronavirus cases were at its peak”, he said and accused the Union government of mismanagement “which led to the oxygen crisis”.
Delhi was hit severely by a brutal second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in April and May, claiming a massive number of lives daily, with a shortage in oxygen supply at various city hospitals adding to the woes.
(With inputs from PTI)