Most opposition parties including Congress, SP and AAP have condemned the deaths of children in Gorakhpur hospital and have demanded punishment for people involved in the incident. The AAP was silent for some time after tasting defeat in Goa and Punjab, but the Gorakhpur incident appears to have given the party ammo to create fire again. The AAP has released two letters that are said to be written by Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, the agency contracted to supply oxygen to the hospital. In the letter, it has been mentioned that oxygen was a must for the health and life of patients suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or other life-threatening diseases. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the deaths of so many children was a criminal act. He said that the children died due to criminal negligence. He said that murder case should be registered against the chief minister, health minister and other top officials involved.
The Congress party has also criticized the negligence on part of UP government. Congress leaders said that it is the apathy of the government and hospital staff that led to this tragedy. A protest has been organized in Delhi and it is taking place in front of Uttar Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi. Several people across India and abroad as well have expressed their grief over the incident.