NEW DELHI: The farmers protesting at several Delhi borders have rejected as “false propaganda” allegations that they were not letting medical oxygen carriers into Delhi. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a representative body of several protesting farmer unions, said on Wednesday they have kept a way open for emergency services since day one of their agitation.
“Not a single ambulance or essential goods service has been stopped. It is the government that has put strong and multilayer barricades (nails), not the farmers. Farmers are fighting for human rights and they support every human’s rights,” the morcha said.
“A false propaganda is being spread against farmers that they have blocked the roads and not letting oxygen into Delhi. This is completely false news. Yes, we are protesting but not against COVID-19 patients, corona warriors or common citizens. We are against the government’s discriminatory policy on agriculture,” it added.
Making the allegations, BJP MP Parvesh Verma had tweeted last night, “I spoke to hospitals. I was told that only few hours of oxygen supply is left and due to road blockade by protesters at Ghazipur border, the transportation of oxygen is getting difficult. The protesters must open the road,” he had tweeted.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Tuesday urged the Centre “with folded hands” to provide medical oxygen to Delhi. A record 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths marked the aggravation of the pandemic situation in Delhi on Tuesday as the positivity rate shot up to 32.82 per cent -- meaning every third sample came out positive amid a “serious oxygen crisis” in the city.
BJP lawmaker’s allegation
BJP MP from West Delhi Parvesh Verma had alleged on Tuesday night that the transportation of medical use oxygen into thw national capital was hampered due to the road blockade caused by protesters