Congress links Gambia incident with Uzbekistan, BJP hits back

29 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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The death of 18 children in Uzbekistan, reportedly as a result of cough syrup supplied by an Indian pharmaceutical business, sparked a political debate on Thursday

The death of 18 children in Uzbekistan, reportedly as a result of cough syrup supplied by an Indian pharmaceutical business, sparked a political debate on Thursday, with the Congress saying that the Modi administration should stop bragging about India being the world’s pharmacy.

“Blinded in its hatred for Modi, Congress continues to deride India and its business drive,” the BJP claimed. In a tweet, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh compared the deaths of 70 children in Gambia to the deaths of 18 children in Uzbekistan.

“Cough syrups made in India appear to be lethal. It started with the deaths of 70 children in Gambia, and now it’s the deaths of 18 children in Uzbekistan. “Modi Sarkar must stop talking about India being the world’s pharmacy and take the harshest measures,” Ramesh added.

In response to the Congress politician’s comments, BJP leader Amit Malviya stated that the deaths of children in Gambia had nothing to do with Indian cough syrup.

The deaths of children in Gambia had nothing to do with cough syrup manufactured in India. The Gambian government and DCGI have both clarified this. But, blinded by its hatred for Modi, the Congress Party continues to mock India and its business drive. “Shameful…,” Malviya said on Twitter.

According to the Uzbek Health Ministry, up to 18 youngsters died of severe respiratory illness after using a cough syrup supplied by an Indian pharmaceutical business called Doc-Max.