Bengaluru, May 5 (PTI) The Congress in Karnataka on
Wednesday flayed the BJP for ''communalising'' the hospital bed
scam, pertaining to ''blocking'' the beds in fake names for
COVID-19 patients on payment of exorbitant amounts.
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya had on Tuesday alleged that hospitals
in the city ''blocked'' at least 4,065 beds in fake names to
make a killing at a time when COVID-19 cases were rising in
the country and Karnataka.
These beds are blocked in the name of asymptomatic
patients who are in home isolation. They are fraudulently
shown as occupying the beds in hospitals, he had alleged.
While levelling the charges, the BJP Yuva Morcha
President and Bengaluru South MP had named 16 people of a
particular community and sought to know why "they are
controlling the COVID war room in the city."
A city civic official told PTI that there are over 200
people in the COVID war room and not just 16 as mentioned by
Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a series of
tweets, slammed Surya for being ''insensitive'' and
''communalising'' the issue.
"It is really unfortunate & insensitive on the part of
@BJP4Karnataka MP @Tejasvi_Surya to communalise the issue.
From food to death, BJP leaders want to earn political
mileage by targeting a few communities," he tweeted.
On Surya''s claim that he was aware of the scam 10 days
back, the Congress leader demanded to know why he had remained
silent since then.
"Why was he silent for 10 days? Was he negotiating a deal
with BBMP officers? Or was he preparing a script to protect
@BJP4Karnataka leaders? Only @Tejasvi_Surya can tell!"
He alleged that the ''drama'' was staged to protect the
image of his political bosses and to make the civic officials
and workers as scapegoats.
Two people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with
the scam, taking the total to four, police said. PTI GMS APR
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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