Naidu, Lokesh politicising Covid: Minister

Amaravati, April 26: Asserting that the state government, under the leadership of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been taking stringent measures to contain COVID 19 in the state, Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said TDP leaders Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Lokesh are creating tension and confusion among the public for their political interests.

Speaking to the media at party central office here on Monday, the Minsiter said the state government has laid special focus on bed availability, oxygen and medicines and taking measures to ensure 50,000 beds are available across the state. He said the government had strengthened 104 call centre and providing beds to the required patients within two hours and added that a state command control centre has been set up and higher officials are alert and monitoring the situation.

While the state government has been running from pillar to post to fight the pandemic, Naidu and yellow media are propagating false information to create unrest in the state. He said while the employees were striving hard in the fight against pandemic, the comments of Mr Naidu and Mr Lokesh were damaging their confidence.

He said officials became alert in the oxygen supply issue in a hospital in Vizianagaram and saved lives with great effort. But Mr Naidu was not giving any credit to the doctors and was criticising the government over the issue.

The Minister came down heavily on Mr Lokesh for demanding the cancellation or postponement of Class 10 and Intermediate exams and said the state government had taken the decision to conduct exams for the future of the students. He asked how the students could compete in national level institutions with out writing the board exams. He asked what Mr Naidu had to say about Prime Minister Narendra asking states to see lockdown as the last option.

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