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Gorakhpur Infant Deaths: Congress Demands Yogi Adityanath’s Resignation

The Uttar Pradesh Congress today termed the large number of infant deaths in a Gorakhpur hospital ‘murder’ and the state party chief demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adiytanath’s resignation, asking if he was unable to handle an institution, how would he run the state.

“When a chief minister is unable to handle a medical college in his home district, how would he run the state? He should immediately resign from his post,” said Raj Babbar, president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.

Demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the victim’s parents, Babbar said a case of murder should be lodged against those who are guilty.

Babbar said the Congress would run a state-wide campaign on the issue but did not disclose the date when it would start.

Raj Babbar, President, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee “The chief minister had visited the hospital, but he was not aware about the oxygen crisis. The CM has constituted a probe committee but the government has already said that deaths were not due to shortage of oxygen. Then why a probe?

He also slammed state health minister Sidharth Nath Singh for terming deaths in August as ‘routine’.

Meanwhile, the Union Government has approved the setting up of a regional medical centre at a cost of Rs 85 crore in Gorakhpur for in-depth research into children's diseases, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said on Sunday.

Nadda, who was addressing a press conference along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said that before coming to Gorakhpur he had given his nod to the proposal for a regional medical research centre.

Earlier at the conference, Adityanath made a made a strong pitch for establishing a full-fledged virus research centre in Gorakhpur.

Nadda added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed concern over the deaths, and was constantly monitoring the situation.

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