Raje demands Gehlot's resignation following maternal deaths

Jodhpur: BJP leader Vasundhara Raje on Saturday demanded the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the state health minister holding them morally responsible for 17 maternal deaths at two government hospitals here allegedly due to administration of contaminated IV fluid.

Addressing party workers staging a sit-in here in protest against corruption, anarchy, lawlessness and price rise prevailing in the state, the former chief minister accused the state government of miserably failing to protect the interests of the women who placed trust in government hospitals.

17 women died post delivery after being administered contaminated IV fluid at two government hospitals here over a period of just one month since February 13.

Holding Gehlot and state Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed morally responsible for the deaths, the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly said they should immediately step down on moral grounds.

Commenting on the brevity of the budget session of the state Assembly, she said it was for the first time in the history of the state legislature that the budget session was wrapped up in seven days without giving chance to the Opposition for a debate and raising the issues.

“This shows that the government is scared of us," she said.

She said the government is responsible for stalling the proceedings of the Assembly by triggering clamour whenever the BJP sought replies on issues and described it as a conspiracy to muffle the voice of the Opposition.