Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that “a big tragedy” can happen if quick steps are not taken to address the shortage of oxygen in Delhi’s hospitals.
In an appeal made during a virtual meeting called by Modi with Chief Ministers of 10 states worst affected by the second Covid-19 surge, Kejriwal told the PM: “I want your guidance.”
“There are only a few states from where oxygen is supplied to Delhi and where most problems are being noted. I request that if you call the chief Ministers of those states once, and ask them to not stop our oxygen trucks, then people of Delhi will get oxygen. For 2 crore people of Delhi, I am requesting you with folded hands. You can help us. Please help us,” the CM said.
Kejriwal said a national plan should be made to save the country from Covid-19, in which the central government should take over all oxygen plants with the help of the Army.
He further asked the PM to either airlift this oxygen consignment to Delhi or to make it available “through your idea of oxygen express trains”.
Kejriwal’s appeal comes at a time with Aam Aadmi Party leaders, including Deputy Delhi CM Manish Sisodia, having accused the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments of blocking the transport of oxygen to Delhi by use of police force.