Mangaluru, Jul 20: The BJP-led government in Karnataka has become 'lifeless' and 'totally failed' in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Saleem Ahmed said on Tuesday.

At a time experts were warning of a third wave of the pandemic, the BJP was seriously discussing replacing the Chief Minister, he said, addressing reporters here.

No action was taken against officials when 36 people died due to lack of oxygen at Chamarajanagar and the Chief Minister did not bother to visit the place, Ahmed alleged.

Ahmed further alleged that the government is directly responsible for the majority of deaths during the pandemic.

Several deaths are not being properly reported to avoid giving compensation to the kin of victims, he claimed.

Accusing the BJP of turning into 'Brashta Janata Party' with corruption in all sectors, he said even the partys central leadership does not have faith in the CM.

Denying reports of groupism in the Congress, he said the party is focusing on the next elections and will come back to power with the backing of a mass leadership.

Ahmed said AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala will tour Karnataka for five days from July 23 and conduct meetings with Congress leaders of 25 districts.

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Bengaluru, Jul 31: Karnataka reported 1,987 new COVID-19 and 37 deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 29,05,124 and the toll to 36,562.

The day also saw 1,632 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,44,742, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for most of the fresh cases (450) and saw 377 discharges and 11 deaths.

The total number of active cases stood at 23,796.

While the positivity rate for the day was 1.43 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.86 per cent.

Dakshina Kannada followed Bengaluru Urban in the number of deaths (7), Hassan accounted for 4, Chikkamagaluru, Kolar and Mysuru (2 each), followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban logged 450, Dakshina Kannada 365, Mysuru 177, Udupi 148, Kodagu 132, Tumakuru 108, Hassan 105, while the rest were scattered in other areas.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,27,339, followed by Mysuru 1,72,956 and Tumakuru 1,17,829.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,02,937, followed by Mysuru 1,69,196 and Tumakuru 1,15,723.

Cumulatively a total of 3,86,49,498 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,38,532 were done on Saturday alone.

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