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Volunteers from the Youth Congress provide oxygen to two foreign embassies: the Government and the Congress on social networks | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government and Congress engaged in a war of words Sunday over members of the Youth Congress who supplied oxygen cylinders to two embassies in the capital. While the government said the supply was not requested, the Youth Congress said they had acted on specific requests.
The government and Congress argued on Twitter after opposition leader Jairam Ramesh questioned the Center’s readiness for Covid-19 given the way members of the opposition party’s youth wing responded to so-called SOS facts. by foreign embassies.

The president of the Indian Youth Congress, Srinivas BV, had shared a video of volunteers handing over oxygen cylinders to the New Zealand high commission on Sunday morning, while a video of the Philippine embassy.

Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, responding to Ramesh’s tweet, said that the oxygen supply made to the Philippine embassy was “unsolicited” as there were no Covid-19 patients at the embassy. He said it was done just for “cheap advertising.”

However, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC), which shared screenshots of the requests made by the New Zealand and Philippine embassies, said they released cylinders only after receiving the requests.

Volunteers from the Youth Congress provide oxygen to two foreign embassies: the Government and the Congress on social networks | India News

Even when the New Zealand embassy deleted their earlier tweet in which they had tagged the IYC, the embassy later clarified that they were trying to get oxygen from all sources and apologized for misinterpreting their request.

The Foreign Ministry (MEA) in a statement said the ministry is responding to medical demands from all high commissions and embassies and also urged people not to stockpile supplies.
“The Chief of Protocol and the Heads of Division are in continuous contact with all High Commissions / Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to Covid. This includes facilitating their hospital treatment. Given the situation of the pandemic, all are urged to stockpile essential supplies, including oxygen, “the statement said.
Controversy flared even as India continues to record nearly 4 lakh of new cases and more than 3,000 deaths as the second wave of Covid-19 turns into a storm causing acute shortages of oxygen, hospital beds and medical supplies.



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