Hyderabad, July 8: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy has expressed deep concern over conflicting, but unconfirmed reports in mainstream and social media regarding the health condition of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
Addressing a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday, Narayana Reddy said that the Chief Minister was missing in action for the last 11 days and it was a matter of serious concern. He said that CM KCR neither addressed a press conference nor held any review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan since June 29th and there are unconfirmed and unverified reports that he was in quarantine at his farm house in Erravelli. But no one really knows his whereabouts. “We are also concerned about him and his health and pray to God that he stays in good health,” he said.
However, the Congress leader has also expressed apprehension that the Chief Minister might be enacting the ‘missing’ drama to gain people’s sympathy. “It is a State or a Kingdom? Are we in a democracy or anarchy? While a king can go underground at his will, an elected Chief Minister in a democracy needs to remain among his people,” he said adding that people were unable to understand KCR’s actions as he is behaving like a ‘Tughlaq’.
“Why is such a drama needed? Are you creating any inquisitiveness or any special interest in you? Do you think this particular kind of publicity stunt will bring you up?” he asked while adding that CM KCR was wrong if he was thinking on those lines.
Narayana Reddy said that people would be concerned if their Chief Minister was among them for a long period, especially at a time when the entire population is engaged in a fierce battle against a deadly pandemic. He said while poor people were not getting to medical care at government hospitals, middle and upper middle class people were spending lakhs of rupees to pay medical bills in private hospitals. Despite undergoing traumatic experiences, not everyone is getting the proper treatment.
The Congress leader alleged that the government hospitals were declaring the Covid-19 deaths and they were being shown as deaths due to cardiac failures. He said that the Coronavirus infection was causing shortage of oxygen in blood supply which was leading to heart attacks. However, the doctors in government hospitals were apparently given directions that they should not declare such deaths as those caused due to Covid-19. He urged the National and State Human Rights Commission to take note of these practices and take action.