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Congress, govt spar over foreign missions’ oxygen SOS to IYC

A confrontation erupted between the federal government and Congress on Sunday involving two international missions in Delhi over provide of oxygen cylinders by the Youth Congress to those embassies for Covid sufferers.

The Youth Congress mentioned they provided oxygen cylinders to the New Zealand and Philippines missions after they acquired requests from these embassies.

The controversy erupted after Youth Congress volunteers provided oxygen cylinders to the Philippines mission on Saturday night time.

Indian Youth Congress president B V Srinivas instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that one in all his volunteers – Manu Dixit – acquired a name from somebody on behalf of the Philippines embassy for cylinders and so they provided it.

When contacted, Dixit mentioned “I acquired a name from somebody associated to the Philippines Embassy from Mumbai final night time, saying the embassy in Delhi wanted cylinders instantly. I requested that particular person to share the contacts. They shared the identify. It was Tomes Valerio. We reached out to him. He mentioned there are two sufferers within the Embassy who want oxygen. They requested for ten small cylinders. We didn’t have small cylinders. We organized for 2 jumbo cylinders…”

“We went to the Embassy with the cylinders…they accepted the cylinders…we defined the method of working the cylinders….,” he instructed The Indian The Press Reporter.

After Srinivas tweeted visuals of Youth Congress employees on the Philippines Embassy with cylinders, senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh tweeted “Whereas I thank @IYC for its stellar efforts, as an Indian citizen I’m surprised that the youth wing of the opposition social gathering is attending to SOS calls from international embassies. Is the MEA sleeping @DrSJaishankar?”

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s retort got here Sunday. “MEA checked with the Philippines Embassy. This was an unsolicited provide as that they had no Covid circumstances. Clearly for reasonable publicity by you realize who. Gifting away cylinders like this when there are folks in determined want of oxygen is solely appalling. Jairamji, MEA by no means sleeps; our folks know internationally. MEA additionally by no means fakes; we all know who does.”

The Youth Congress mentioned it was disappointing that the Exterior Affairs Minister put out such a tweet saying it had indulged in unsolicited provide of cylinders. “We’re not supply boys…that we acquired a supply order and we entered the Embassy. We acquired a request and we helped…we’re not doing politics right here,” Manu mentioned.

Including to the political controversy was a tweet by the New Zealand Excessive Fee in Delhi requesting assist from Srinivas and the Youth Congress for an oxygen cylinder.

“Instantly. Please share additional particulars in DM,” Srinivas responded.

When Youth Congress employees reached the Embassy with cylinders after which Srinivas tweeted “We’ve reached New Zealand Excessive Fee with oxygen cylinders. Please open the gates and save a soul on time.”

The New Zealand mission, in the meantime, deleted the tweet and put out one other tweet: “We are attempting all sources to rearrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our enchantment has sadly been misinterpreted, for which we’re sorry.”

Srinivas later put out a video clip of Youth Congress employees getting into the Excessive Fee with a cylinder with a tweet “New Zealand excessive fee opened gates of the embassy and accepted cylinders. Additionally, they thanked the #SOSIYC group for this fast aid because the affected person contained in the embassy was critically in poor health.”

“It’s not time for politics. If we get a request…we are attempting to rearrange and provides…,” he instructed The Indian The Press Reporter.

In response to queries relating to medical necessities of International Excessive Commissions/Embassies in India, the Official Spokesperson mentioned:

“The Chief of Protocol and Heads of Divisions are in steady contact with all Excessive Commissions/Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical calls for, particularly these associated to Covid. This contains facilitating their hospital remedy. Given the pandemic state of affairs, all are urged to not hoard important provides, together with oxygen.”

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