New Delhi: Manoj Jha, a former DU professor and current spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), addressed Parliament on Wednesday and said the government and state administrations owe an apology to all those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. “Apologise to all those whose deaths we refuse to acknowledge,” Jha said in his address to the Rajya Sabha.
“We all should collectively issue an apology, mourning the death of those whose bodies were found floating in Ganga,” the RJD leader said.
Slamming the Centre and state governments for their inability to manage the pandemic, Jha said, “Those who have died have left behind a record of our failures.”
Hitting out at the governments’ advertisements and posters expressing thanks to leaders for free vaccines, free ration and medical treatment, Jha said, “We live in a welfare state, right? Even a worker in some village, who purchases a bar of soap is as equal a taxpayer as Adani or Ambani. Yet, we tell that we are offering them free vaccines and free treatment? These provisions are not free. They are the commitment of a welfare state. Don’t denigrate this, demonise this and make it an excuse. This is my request to the administrations.”
Jha’s statements came on the day Minister of State (MoS) for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar had stated in a written reply that there were specifically no deaths reported by states and Union Territories due to shortage of medical oxygen.
(With inputs from agencies)