Delhi BJP says its leaders, workers doing 'best for human service' during pandemic

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New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) The BJP's Delhi unit said on Thursday its leaders and workers are contributing their best for human service during the COVID-19 pandemic, days after an RSS leader criticised the party's city leadership.

'Despite dangers and losses of colleagues, Delhi BJP leaders and workers are contributing their best for human service. Many party workers are running kitchens to provide food to COVID-19 inflicted families and the poor, some others are working hard to help people with medicines and oxygen. Several party workers are active on social media to organize medical and other help for the needy,' the Delhi BJP said in a statement.

'The party has launched 'Mera Booth Corona Mukt Vaccination Yukt' campaign to encourage vaccination among the people. A helpline has been set up to provide doctors' consultation and food for families of COVID-19 patients. Everyday food is being provided to around 35,000 people belonging to around 9,000 inflicted families. Through separate kitchens everyday workers provide food to 15,000-20,000 poor and needy according to the demand,' it added.

Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and its former prant prachar pramukh or publicity in-charge of Delhi Rajiv Tuli tweeted on Tuesday asking if anyone had seen BJP's Delhi unit when there was so much of chaos in the capital due to the pandemic.

When Sangh's national publicity in-charge Sunil Ambekar was questioned about Tuli's remark, he said, 'It could be his personal opinion but this is not adhikrit mat (official version) of the Sangh.' With a spike in COVID-19 cases, the national capital is facing severe shortage of beds, oxygen cylinders and essential medicines, forcing patients to move from one hospital to another with bleak hope of getting treated.

The national capital on Thursday recorded 395 deaths due to the coronavirus, the highest since the pandemic began a year ago, and 24,235 cases with a positivity rate of 32.82 per cent, according to the latest bulletin issued by the city health department.

This was the eighth day in a row that Delhi has recorded over 300 deaths due to COVID-19.

It had reported 368 deaths on Wednesday, 381 on Tuesday, 380 on Monday, 350 on Sunday, 357 deaths on Saturday, 348 on Friday and 306 on last Thursday, according to government data. PTI GJS GJS CK CK