Kota infant deaths: Sachin Pilot denounces Cong govt blaming BJP

Sachin Pilot
Pilot had earlier asserted that he was not joining the BJP and that he was still a Congress man | File Photo: PTI

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Saturday (January 4) criticised his own government over the deaths of 107 children in Kota’s state-run JK Lok Hospital, saying their response to the infant deaths could have been more sensitive.

Pilot said it was not a small incident and also stressed that accountability for the entire episode should be fixed. “Our response to the entire matter was not satisfactory to some extent. The response could have been more sensitive and we should have been more compassionate,” he told reporters.

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Even as Health Minister Raghu Sharma accused the previous BJP government of not developing the hospital’s infrastructure, Pilot said there was no point in blaming the previous dispensation after 13 months of being in power.

“After being in power for 13 months, I think it serves no purpose to blame the previous government’s misdeeds. Accountability should be fixed,” ANI quoted Sachin Pilot as saying.

Pilot, who is also Congress’s state chief, had earlier visited some of the families who lost their children and also went to the hospital.

(With inputs from agencies)

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