Volunteers from the Youth Congress provide oxygen to two foreign embassies: the Government and the Congress on social networks | India News
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.
While I thank @IYC for their stellar efforts, as an Indian citizen I am surprised that the youth wing of the opposition… https://t.co/sHEjbi4G98
– Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) 1619892254000
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.
Update: New Zealand’s high commission opened the embassy doors and accepted cylinders. In addition, they thanked the… https://t.co/Wry3PxYCNF
– Srinivas BV (srinivasiyc) 1619932270000
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.”
MEA checked with the Philippine Embassy. This was an unsolicited supply as they had no Covid cases. Clearly for ch… https://t.co/AoIkGZYTN3
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 1619927082000
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.
@DrSJaishankar @Jairam_Ramesh We received a request for an urgent requirement of oxygen cylinders for 2 patients with Covid i… https://t.co/WNXh8Eohj3
– Youth Congress (@IYC) 1619934929000
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.
We are trying all sources to organize oxygen cylinders urgently and sadly our appeal has been misinterpreted… https://t.co/tDwlogn57R
– New Zealand in India (@NZinIndia) 1619930264000
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.