ROHTAK : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said arguing over COVID-19 death figures was useless as the dead would not come back to life and the focus should be put on the relief of those who are suffering now.
Khattar was responding to questions about the alleged underreporting of coronavirus deaths – in many places, scenes of crematoria and cemeteries do not reflect official figures.
“The kind of tough situation we’re going through, we don’t have to play around with the data. We need to focus only on how people are going to recover and how we can bring relief to them, ”he told reporters in Rohtak on Monday.
“And those who died will not come back causing a fury,” he said at one point, arguing that it was unnecessary to get into a debate over the accuracy of the official death toll.
The opposition Congress was quick to criticize his remarks with the party’s secretary general, Randeep Singh Surjewala, saying: “It can only be the words of a ruthless leader.”
“There is a need to make noise about every death that is the result of government ineffectiveness, so that the deaf BJP government can hear the echo,” he said.
Adampur MP Kuldeep Bishnoi also condemned the CM’s comment.
“These remarks are shameful. I strongly condemn the thinking of the chief minister, ”the congressman tweeted.
Khattar had traveled to Rohtak, Panipat, Hisar and Faridabad to examine the oxygen supply and other facilities for COVID patients.
“We will do all we can to save lives. Whether the deaths are lower or higher, there is no point in getting into this debate, ”he said.
“The question is, are we able to configure the systems correctly? On our side, we are putting the systems in place, ”he added.
Khattar said no one expected this kind of situation.
“Who knew this pandemic would come, neither you knew nor us. To fight this, we need everyone’s cooperation, including yours, mine, and the patients. Therefore, these issues should not be controversial. ”