In face of the BJP’s accusation of “criminal negligence” citing a report that the Delhi government “exaggerated” oxygen requirement during the second Covid-19 wave, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his only “crime” was that he “fought for the breath of two crore people in Delhi.
He also said that those who lost their loved ones due to the shortage of oxygen should not be called “liars”. A sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court to audit oxygen consumption in the national capital’s hospitals has said that the Delhi government “exaggerated” consumption of the life-saving gas.
The five-member panel, headed by AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, said that during the second wave of Covid-19 infections, the Delhi government had made claims for allocation of 700 MT of oxygen on April 30 using a “wrong formula”.
After the report came to light, the BJP accused Kejriwal of “heinous ctime” and “criminal negligence”.
In reply to the allegation, Kejriwal took to Twitter to say, “My crime — I fought for the breath of my two crore people. When you were doing an election rally, I was awake all night arranging for oxygen. I fought, pleaded to get oxygen for people.”