Moneycontrol PRO
Upcoming Event:Attend Quants League - 5 Days Live Algorithmic Options Trading Virtual Conference @ just Rs. 600/- brought to you by Moneycontrol Pro. Register Now!
you are here: HomeNewsPolitics

If voted to power, SP will conduct audit of COVID-19 management in UP: Akhilesh Yadav

"After the Assembly polls in the state and the formation of the SP government, an audit (of Covid management) will be done and officials who had concealed information will face stringent action.

July 12, 2021 / 08:57 AM IST
Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said if voted to power in next year''s Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, his government will carry out an audit of COVID-19 management in the state and take stringent action against officials for allegedly concealing data related to deaths.

He accused the BJP-led state government of hiding the COVID-19 death figures and claimed that it hid data as it did not want to help people.

"After the Assembly polls in the state and the formation of the SP government, an audit (of Covid management) will be done and officials who had concealed information will face stringent action.

"Officials who had breached their limits, their list has been prepared. During the pandemic, there was a time when it was felt that there was no government in Uttar Pradesh. People were left to their fate," Yadav told reporters here.

The Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in Uttar Pradesh next year.


COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more

"The government did not give the statistics pertaining to Covid deaths, nor any help was given to them (the victims). It (the state government) did not give the statistics of Covid deaths as it did not want to help (the people)," Yadav said.

There was black-marketeering of medicines, people did not get beds in hospitals and had to run from one place to another for oxygen, he said.

"A number of lives were lost. If anybody is responsible for this, it is the BJP government," the former chief minister said.

He also talked about the teachers who allegedly died during panchayat poll duties in the state.

"When the teachers went on (panchayat poll) duty, it was said only three of them died (due to Covid). Later, when organisations and we raised questions, the government had to admit how many lives were actually lost," he said.

A teachers'' body had earlier claimed that over 1,600 teachers and workers of the basic education department have died of Covid in Uttar Pradesh since the first week of April and that 90 per cent of them were on panchayat poll duty.

However, Satish Chandra Dwivedi, the UP Minister of State (independent charge) for Basic Education, had said according to government data, only three teachers had died due to Covid.

On May 31, the state cabinet had approved a financial assistance of Rs 30 lakh each for the kin of the government personnel who died on duty during the recently-held panchayat polls, including those who succumbed to Covid within 30 days of poll duty.

It had also approved increasing the ex-gratia amount from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.

"The duration of duty as defined by the Election Commission of India was the basis on which the State Election Commission had formed the guidelines, in which the duration of COVID-19 infection and death was not considered.

"Hence, for the ex-gratia, death due to COVID-19 within 30 days from election duty has been made the eligibility criteria," a government spokesperson had said.

Sharpening his attack on the BJP, Yadav said no political party indulges in hooliganism more than the BJP. He also alleged that after shattering democracy, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is eating sweets and that he cannot be a "yogi".

"No other party can be bigger than the BJP as far as hooliganism is concerned. The BJP has given a new definition to hooliganism by involving the administration. The SP, City of Etawah can be heard saying on the phone that a BJP MLA, the district president (of the BJP) and workers have bombs and are pelting stones," he said.

"Laddoos are being eaten after shattering democracy. Celebrations are taking place. He (Adityanath) cannot be a yogi. I have said this earlier as well that he is not a yogi. If someone was a yogi, he would not have caused sorrows to the public," Yadav said.

Accusing the administration of helping the BJP-supported candidates in the panchayat polls in Gorakhpur, he said, "The chief minister uses hooliganism first at his place, and then implements it at every place in the state."

Yadav also said that such hooliganism cannot be imagined in a democracy.

"There were several viral videos of bad behaviour with women, which cannot be imagined. People who had shown a dream of taking the society on a good path, indulged in such (bad) behaviour with women only to win elections," Yadav said.

On a question over the possibility of an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in the 2022 Assembly polls, he evaded a direct reply, saying, "The endeavour of the SP will be to take the maximum number of parties along."

Referring to the condition of farmers, he said, "Since the 2017 Sankalp Patra of the BJP did not have the photograph of Adityanath, he threw it in the dustbin. The BJP had talked about doubling the income of the farmers by 2022, but that did not happen. The BJP should say what roadmap it had prepared to fulfil its promises."

Reacting to Yadav''s statement, state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, in a statement, said, "The Samajwadi Party chief is sad and disappointed by his defeat (in the panchayat polls). The SP should accept the truth and praise the employment opportunities given to youngsters. Being in opposition does not mean that you speak lies and try to mislead the public."

stay updated

Get Daily News on your Browser
ISO 27001 - BSI Assurance Mark