Mumbai: Politics over the death of 63 children in Gorakhpur’s government hospital continues unabated. In the latest salvo, the Shiv Sena termed the tragedy as ‘mass murder’ in its mouthpiece, the Saamana.
The party, which shares an uneasy alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said: “The sufferings of the poor don’t move our politicians. And that is the failure of our Independence. This suffering and pain is the Mann Ki Baat of the poor. Thankfully, the government has at least admitted that there are so many deaths in Gorakhpur. Otherwise, they would have said that these children have only stopped breathing, and will start breathing again once they hear the independence speech delivered from Red Fort.”
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray added: “If children really do die in August each year, how come children of politicians and local strongmen are spared? Doesn’t death visit their homes? This is mass murder of children.”