Chikungunya in Delhi: Najeeb Jung, Arvind Kejriwal and most ministers out of Delhi


Miffed by the Delhi high court order which has given the lieutenant-governor primacy in the affairs of Delhi, the AAP government seems to be passing the buck. A government with an overwhelming majority of 67 MLAs is now increasingly asking the people of Delhi to go to the LG on virtually all issues even as the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, and his ministers stay away from the city.

Even as the number of deaths from chikungunya in the city reached five — four on Monday alone — the CM responded to a tweet on health minister Satyendar Jain’s absence from the city by tweeting, “CM n min left wid no power now, even to buy a pen. LG n PM enjoy all powers wrt Del. LG abroad. Question them for Del”. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and tourism minister Kapil Mishra too attacked the LG.

LG Najeeb Jung left for the US on September 3 to meet his daughter and will be back on Wednesday.

BJP hit out at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers for abandoning Delhiites during the ongoing health crisis. The opposition party said that Kejriwal’s ministers are busy expanding AAP’s footprint in other states while the city is facing a serious dengue and chikungunya menace.

Vijender Gupta, leader of opposition 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.”

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, said, “It is a matter of grave concern that when the city is fighting against dengue and chikungunya outbreak, the Delhi government is on leave. Some are busy in their own treatment while others in political campaigns.” BJP members had also put up hoardings demanding `Right to Recall’ as the Kejriwal government, they said, has failed to deliver on its promises.

Meanwhile, Upadhyay asked the three BJP-led corporations to step up the work to prevent the dengue and chikungunya menace.

In this situation only Delhi common man will suffer.

The Kejriwal Government on Tuesday announced an additional 1,000 beds for fever patients and a helpline number, 011-22307145, to provide information to people.

While appealing to people not to create panic, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said 1,000 more beds have been provided in hospitals. The Delhi Government has created a dedicated helpline number 011-22307145, “DHS Control Room” for the purpose of guidance on dengue and chikungunya cases.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Tuesday blamed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the recent death caused by Chikungunya in the national capital.

Jain said it is the local body which is not doing its duty whereas the Delhi Government has taken all measures to combat the vector borne disease. “We are making all efforts and keeping track of everything. One should ask what the MCD is doing. All of it is MCD?s job. To curb all these diseases is the job of MCD. They are not doing anything. No fogging is being done, they are taking no measures to combat the spread of vector borne diseases,” said Jain.


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