2021 Chamarajanagar oxygen tragedy
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2021 Chamarajanagar oxygen tragedy

May 24, 2023

Rahul Gandhi, Siddharamaiah, D.K. Shivakumar had promised Government jobs to dependents of 36 deceased

By Siddalingaswamy

Chamarajanagar: With Congress storming back to power in the State, several families in Chamarajanagar district are eagerly waiting to get a Government job as promised by the grand old party.

On the unfortunate day of May 2, 2021, a tragic incident unfolded at the District Hospital, resulting in the loss of 36 patients’ lives due to a lack of oxygen supply. As the night progressed, the oxygen levels gradually declined, and by 10.30 pm, the supply ceased entirely, leading to the devastating outcome.

Following this headline-making tragedy, the Congress party, which was then in the Opposition while the BJP formed the Government, pledged to provide Government jobs to the next of kin of the deceased if the party regained power in the State.

The then President of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Rahul Gandhi and KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar had repeatedly promised on these lines, kindling hope among the dependents of oxygen tragedy victims.

Soon after the tragedy, the then Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly and now Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and KPCC President and current Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar had come rushing to the district only to console the grieving family members of the deceased. Shivakumar had even given a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh for each of the bereaved families.

A few months later, during the General Elections for the Legislative Assembly, Rahul Gandhi embarked on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, covering Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. On October 1,

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2022, he entered the State through Gundlupet, where he attentively listened to the grievances of the affected individuals from the oxygen tragedy at Veeranapura Cross in Gundlupet taluk.

Rahul Gandhi assured them by stating that “the Congress party stands by you and will do everything possible to assist you. If the Congress comes to power in the State, efforts will be made to provide Government jobs to a family member of each deceased person involved in the tragedy.”

That apart, in the run up to recent election, Shivakumar, who addressed a mammoth public meet as part of ‘Prajadhwani Yatre’ in Chamarajanagar on Jan. 26, had said that “36 people lost their lives to oxygen tragedy in the district, but BJP Government in the State, neither seriously probed into the issue nor distributed compensation in an adequate manner. If our party returns to power, job will be given to one each of the dependents from the families of victims at the same District Hospital itself and also take action against the officers responsible for the tragedy.”

One has to wait and watch whether Congress party that has wrested power from BJP, with absolute majority by winning 135 seats, will walk the talk.

Hopeful of securing a job

Jyothi of Bisalavadi village in Chamarajanagar taluk lost her husband Siddanayaka in the oxygen tragedy. “With two children to take care of, I was left to fend for myself, when Congress gave a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh. But the State BJP Government did nothing,” rued Jyothi who desperately needs the Government job at least to educate her kids further and manage the family.

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“The children got free education from Suttur Mutt. My son has excelled in recent SSLC exams, but is unable to pursue studies further due to financial constraints. As Congress party is back in the saddle, it would be really helpful, it the party keeps up the promise,” said Jyothi.

7 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “2021 Chamarajanagar oxygen tragedy”

  1. Lawson says:

    Nice Reminder!!

    Being a Mysorean I have not forgotten PM Modi promise to devolpe Mysore like Paris.

    Will Star of Mysore give reminder of the same to our PM.

  2. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Hey Lawson
    ?You are really a dimwitted Mysorean, with that name.
    ?This tragedy occurred because your wifedeserter Narendra Modi, the PM, was hiding in an igloo in New Delhi, growing a very long beard like Bin Laden, ignoring masses of peopke dying , because of his massive inability and screw up of not providing oxygen supplies in 2020/21. What oxygen was available was given to VIP patients in corrupt Modi India.
    About Paris. Mysore has become a third world dump, as Indians breed like rats and more of them coming in Mysore to settle. Your strrets with spaces are used as toilets. Your footpaths are crowded with vendors. An typical third world scenario,; cannot be Paris, in a hundred year!!

  3. I think Mysore has a lot of demand for hemorrhoid crimes and burnol. May be some enterprunor may start manufacturing it soon. Some TV channels have started spitting fire against the news that Modi may be a contender for Nobel piece prize for helping the world during covid crisis. Glad to know there is gratitude somewhere in the world.

  4. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Hello Cgjf
    So somewhere in the world there is gratitude for your Modi? Where is that somewhere? The rest of the world knows him as the PM of a third world country , where he is encouraging sectarian division. He does not carry the same gravitas as Nehru, who was respeccted in the world.
    You see, your PM Modi camped in Karanataka, held campaign meetings saying how wonderful the BJP administration is and STILL PEOPLE DID NOT LISTEN TO HIM.
    Even , if he is nominated for a Nobel Peace prize, there will be objections coming from Kamala Harris, who slogged him for his Hindutva nonsense, and there will be others too.
    But keep spouting your bullshit.

  5. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Hello Cgjf
    So somewhere in the world there is gratitude for your Modi? Where is that somewhere? The rest of the world knows him as the PM of a third world country , where he is encouraging sectarian division. He does not carry the same gravitas as Nehru, who was respeccted in the world.
    You see, your PM Modi camped in Karanataka, held campaign meetings saying how wonderful the BJP administration is and STILL PEOPLE DID NOT LISTEN TO HIM.
    Even , if he is nominated for a Nobel Peace prize, there will be objections coming from Kamala Harris, who slogged him for his Hindutva nonsense, and there will be others too.
    But keep spouting your bullshit.

  6. John says:

    Guys! Let us not waste our precious time writing idiotic hateful comments about Modi and BjandNobody reads the comments other than you guys. We should focus on how to stop Modi from Nobel prize just like he was stopped him getting US Visa. Let’s contact our Soros uncle, he can spend money.

  7. Ggjf says:

    @John
    You forgot about BBC documentary..LOL

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