Kejriwal Plays Blame As Delhi Reels Under Health Crisis

As the dengue and chikungunya menace takes a toll on the capital, with putting Delhi public under major health crisis as per usual norm, the Aam Adami party yet again places the blame on Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP- run Municipal Corporations for allegedly failing to do their job

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed L-G Najeeb Jung and Municipal Corporations for lack of preventive measures while Delhi government facing serious accusations of abandoning Delhi and being severely negligent towards the rising stats of dengue and chikungunya cases.

According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, around 27,879 cases of dengue were reported across the country and 60 people succumbed to the disease till August 31 this year. Around 12,255 cases of chikungunya with one recent death have been reported across the country.

On returning from Punjab this Monday, ever so conveniently Arvind Kejriwal tweeted “CM (and) minister left with no power now, even to buy a pen. LG and PM enjoy all powers with respect to Del. LG abroad. Question them for Del.”  Meanwhile, Kapil Mshra, cabinet minister claimed that considering the ongoing criminal conspiracy against delhi government, L-G deliberately sent the health secretary on a 12 day leave.

The BJP, in turn, accused Kejriwal of “abandoning” the people of Delhi and fleeing to Bengaluru. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “Delhi was never a priority for AAP. They always engaged in national politics and when Delhi needs them, they are all out of the capital. Everyone is busy campaigning for elections, abandoning Delhi.”
Vijender Gupta, BJP leader in Delhi assembly, said, “All the ministers are busy in campaigning for the party in other states. They don’t have the welfare of the people on their mind. Their only concern is to expand the party in other states.”

Joining the force, Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit also expressed her displeasure towards Delhi Government action plan; she said it was the state government’s responsibility after the AAP government blamed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP-ruled civic bodies for the uncontrolled spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

“It’s an excuse for what you have not been able to do,” the senior Congress leader told NDTV, adding, “In this case, what is happening is that the you are resorting to a blame game because you didn’t do anything to pre-empt or prevent this kind of an outbreak.”

The Congress leader also defended the LG’s rights after the AAP blamed Mr Jung of being busy examining orders passed by the Delhi government.

“When you are in government, you talk with everyone. You are not in Opposition, He has some responsibilities and every file goes to him like every file of Government of India goes to the President of India. If you are going to be in conflict all,” she further added.

Virtually, the entire Delhi Cabinet is missing from action as ministers including Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain are out of station. While the CM is scheduled to undergo a throat operation in Bengaluru on Tuesday, his deputy Sisodia is in Finland to study its education system. Jain, who holds the Health portfolio, was touring poll-bound Goa and returned to Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Rai is in Chhattisgarh and Hussain is on Haj pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister J P Nadda stressed upon a strong need for close coordination between the Centre and states to deal with the crisis. “We will try to fulfil all requirements. Whether it is dengue or chikungunya, we should not panic.  We are ready to offer all help to state governments. This is not an issue for the Centre and states to indulge in blame game. We should work together,” said Nadda.

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