Coronavirus, Bengaluru: Bribes For Beds - BJP's Tejasvi Surya's Shot At Party-Controlled Civic Body

Coronavirus, Bengaluru: Bribes For Beds - BJP's Tejasvi Surya's Shot At Party-Controlled Civic Body

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

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".

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