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“Bribes For Beds”: BJP’s Tejasvi Surya’s Shot At Party-Controlled Civic Body

Bengaluru reported over 20,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Tuesday evening (File)

Bengaluru:

BJP Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya has accused city municipal officials of accepting bribes to allot hospital beds – a precious commodity as the Covid pandemic rages around the country.

Mr Surya has alleged that a “nexus of BBMP officials and frontline health workers” is conspiring to “buy” these beds after snatching them away from people who were dying without ICU care.

“BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) booking site says all beds are full. So many people are getting discharged… but the BBMP says all beds are booked. There is a nexus of BBMP officials, Aarogya Mitra (a frontline health service) people in hospitals and outside agents,” he said.

Mr Surya alleged the beds were being initially reserved for Covid patients in home isolation who were unaware of the allotment. After they failed to show up for admission the bed was “auto un-blocked”, he said, claiming this had happened “in thousands of cases”.

BBMP officials would then, he said, find someone to “buy” the bed.

Beds at government hospitals, and private hospitals that have reserved a certain number to be filled by the state, are allotted via requests to a centralised number.

“This is the most disgusting thing that can take place in a pandemic,” the BJP MP declared, adding that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had promised action against those involved.

The BBMP has yet to respond to this matter.

At a time when hospital beds are in short supply this is a serious allegation.

It is also, however, an allegation against Mr Surya’s own party; the BJP is the largest member of the Bengaluru civic body and the city’s Mayor, Gowtham Kumar, is a BJP corporator.

The Congress was quick to pounce on this self-goal.

State chief DK Shivakumar tweeted: “I congratulate MP Tejasvi Surya, MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya and Uday Garudachar for EXPOSING CORRUPTION in bed allocation by their party government and corporation.”

“Under whose control is BBMP? They should immediately name the BJP minister responsible for people suffering so much,” Mr Shivakumar added.

Late Tuesday night Mr Surya tweeted to say the “system is reforming”; he posted a screenshot that showed over 1,500 empty beds from the government’s quota for COVID-19 patients.

“This afternoon BBMP website showed zero beds available in Bengaluru under government quota.
Right now, it is showing 1,504 beds as available. System is reforming,” he said.

Karnataka on Tuesday evening reported over 40,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, of which more than 20,000 were from Bengaluru.

Hospitals in the state capital have struggled to deal with the flood of cases – zero ICU (intensive care unit) beds are available and oxygen supplies are running low.

On Monday, at least three hospitals indicated they were running short of oxygen – two eventually received some supply. However, that was before two deaths at a hospital in the Yelahanka area were reported. An official report is pending but the deaths were linked to a drop in oxygen supply.





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Juan Cuadrado scored twice, including a late penalty, as Juventus beat Inter Milan 3-2 to keep their Champions League hopes alive on Saturday in a game where three spot kicks were awarded and both teams finished a man down.

Juve moved up to fourth equal on points with third-placed AC Milan and two points ahead of Napoli who both play on Sunday.

The win ended the 20-match unbeaten run for Antonio Conte’s Inter who had denied Juventus a 10th consecutive league title this season.

“It was important for us to win so we can keep hoping,” said coach Andrea Pirlo. “If we’d shown the same desire and determination as in our last few games, we’d be in a different position.

“If we’re going into the final game of the season fighting for fourth place, clearly we’ve come up short somewhere.”

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty after 24 minutes but turned in the rebound to bring his tally to a Serie A leading tally 29 goals this campaign.

But Inter got back level nine minutes later with a Romelu Lukaku penalty, to move him second behind Ronaldo with 23 goals.

Juve pulled ahead before half-time when Cuadrado blasted in past Samir Handanovic. But the hosts played most of the second half a man down after Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off for a second yellow card for a Lukaku tackle.

Ronaldo was substituted off with 20 minutes to go with Alvaro Morata coming off the bench.

“Cristiano was perhaps happy for the first time to be subbed off because we were down to 10 and he would have had to run in a vacuum for the rest of the game,” said Pirlo.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini turned into his own net with seven minutes to go but in a dramatic end to the game Juve were awarded another penalty for an Ivan Perisic foul on Cuadrado which the Colombian converted.

Inter also finished the game a man down with Marcelo Brozovic getting a second booking in injury time.

“This is a massive win,” said Chiellini. “I don’t know if it will help us qualify for the Champions League but at the moment we deserve the position we’re in.

“We haven’t been consistent enough and we know that.”

Roma end Lazio Champions League hopes

Earlier Atalanta sealed their spot in the Champions League for a third consecutive season with a 4-3 win over Genoa.

The Bergamo side are second, three points ahead of AC Milan and Juventus, and are assured of elite European football before the two teams go head-to-head next weekend.

Atalanta paved the way with three first half goals.

Ruslan Malinovskyi set up Duvan Zapata for the opener and then scored himself, with Robin Gosens grabbing a third before the break.

Mario Pasalic added a fourth six minutes after the break before 14th-placed Genoa hit back with an Eldor Shomurodov brace either side of a Goran Pandev goal just after an hour.

“For us, returning to the Champions League this year tastes better,” said coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who brought the Bergamo side to elite European football for the first time in the 2019-2020 season.

“Three times in the Champions League is a great achievement. The trophy would be the icing on the cake, but we are convinced that we have won a lot anyway.”

Atalanta will bid for just their second ever trophy in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus next Wednesday in Reggio Emilia.

The club won the Coppa Italia back in 1963.

Even if Milan, who host 16th-placed Cagliari on Sunday, win their last two matches, Atalanta are now assured of a top-four finish.

Roma won their first derby since 2018 against Lazio 2-0 with goals in either half from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pedro, ending their city rivals’ hopes of a return to the Champions League.

Lazio are eight points behind Juventus having played a game less.



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Tigress Found Dead In Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve; 4th Death In 10 Days

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Tigress Found Dead In Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve; 4th Death In 10 Days

This is the fourth tiger death reported from the state in 10 days. (Representational)

Bhopal:

A radio-collared tigress was found dead in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve, a senior forest official said on Sunday.

This is the fourth tiger death reported from the state in 10 days.

The carcass of the tigress, identified as P-213 (32), was found on Saturday in Gahrighat range of the Panna Tiger Reserve, located over 350 km from Bhopal, the official said.

The tigress was spotted with swelling in its left leg on May 12, he said, adding the feline was then tranquilised and later released after being provided medical treatment.

On Saturday, forest officials reached the spot after getting information about the carcass. They did not find any illegal activity there, the official said.

The tigress seems to have died of natural causes, he said.

After the autopsy, the carcass was disposed of as per guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), he added.

Earlier, the decomposed carcass of a tiger was found in a buffer zone of the Bandhavgarh reserve in MP on Friday.

On May 8, a tiger was found dead in the state’s Kanha Tiger Reserve.

Besides, a dead sub-adult tiger (aged between 18 and 24 months) was found floating in a canal of an inter-state water project in Balaghat’s Waraseoni tehsil on May 7, officials said.

Madhya Pradesh is home to a number of tiger reserves, including Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Panna.

The state had regained the top position in the 2018 census with a population of 526 tigers.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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