Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said TDP leaders Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Lokesh are using the COVID pandemic to further their political interests.

Speaking to media at the party central office here on Monday, the minister said the state government has laid special focus on bed availability, oxygen, and medicines. He said the government is taking measures to ensure 50,000 beds are available across the state.

He said the government has set up 104 call centre and providing beds to the required patients within two hours. He said a command control center has been set up and higher officials are monitoring the situation.

He said Naidu and yellow media are propagating false information to create unrest in the state. He said the comments of Naidu and Lokesh are hitting the morale of employees who are at the forefront in the fight against COVID.

The minister said officials resolved the oxygen supply issue in a hospital in Vizianagaram and saved many lives. He slammed Naidu for not praising the doctors and criticizing the government over the issue. He said the government would welcome any reasonable suggestions from the opposition.

Coming down heavily on Nara Lokesh for demanding cancellation of Class 10 and Intermediate exams, he said the state government has taken a conscious decision to conduct exams for the future of the students.

He questioned how students can compete in national-level institutions without writing the board exams. He asked Naidu and Lokesh why they didn't comment or react when Prime Minister said lockdown is the last option.

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