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Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray says Modi busy with polls when he called to discuss oxygen shortage, BJP hits back

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The BJP has hit back at Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray whose office said that he could not speak with PM Modi as he was campaigning in West Bengal. The statement said Thackeray had called to discuss the shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir.

The statement from the Maharashtra CMO said they were told PM Modi will get in touch with them but have not got a call.

Uddhav Thackeray had earlier written to Modi stating that Maharashtra needed 2,000 metric tonnes of oxygen by April-end and had sought to airlift of the same to overcome logistical hurdles.

The state has been battling a surge in COVID cases and is among the worst affected by the shortage of medical oxygen and Remdesivir.

The Centre has already decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of medical oxygen. This will help the 12 high-burden states that are struggling with a shortage.

BJP hits back at Uddhav Thackeray

The ruling BJP has hit back and accused Thackeray of playing “low-level politics and blame games”. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said he was saddened by the Chief Minister’s gimmicks and went on to call the Maharashtra government inept and corrupt.

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“Maharashtra has so far received the highest quantity of oxygen in India… The centre is in daily touch… just yesterday PM Modi told centre and states to work together… saddened to see petty politics being played by Uddhav Thackeray,” Goyal tweeted.

He also said national oxygen production was at 110%.

The Prime Minister’s campaign in West Bengal where COVID protocols have gone for a toss has been the subject of intense scrutiny since it is at odds with his appeal to the nation to mask up and follow COVID protocols.

 

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