MP: BJP, Cong clash over oxygen tanker worship by minister

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Indore, Apr 18 (PTI) The ruling BJP and Congress on Sunday lashed out at each other after a video went viral of a state minister and his supporters breaking coconuts and a priest chanting prayers in front of a tanker transporting oxygen from neighbouring Gujarat.

A sharp spike in COVID-19 cases across MP has given rise to a reported shortage of medical oxygen.

In videos being circulated on social media, MP PWD minister Tulsiram Silawat and his supporters can be seen offering prayers in front of the tanker in Indore, and posing in front of the vehicle for media photographs.

'When the tanker, which started from Jamnagar in Gujarat, reached Chandan Nagar Chowk on Saturday night, it was stopped for an hour by Silawat for puja paath to quench their thirst for media coverage. They repeated the act when the vehicle reached a filling station,' MP Congress spokesperson Neelabh Shukla alleged.

'They did this nautanki when there is an acute shortage of oxygen in hospitals and serious patients are gasping for breath,' he added.

Hitting back, Indore BJP chief Gaurav Randive said the tanker was not stopped 'even for five minutes' at Chandan Nagar Chowk and was sent immediately to a filling station.

'The video of us offering prayers was of the time when the tanker was being emptied at the filling station,' Randive claimed.

Indore's tally rose to 89,317 on Sunday with the addition of 1,692 new cases, while the toll increased by seven to touch 1,047. PTI HWP LAL BNM BNM