A war of words has broken out in Delhi over the handling of the situation arising out of severe epidemic of mosquito-borne diseases dengue, chikungunya and malaria. On its part, the AAP government squared the blame on the Centre, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and the BJP-ruled municipal corporations in the city for the menace.
Faced with mounting criticism over the absence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyender Jain in Delhi while the number of cases of the vector-borne diseases spiralled and deaths were reported, the AAP government on Tuesday questioned the absence of Lt Governor in town and claimed that Jung had also sanctioned the leave of the new health secretary whom he had appointed recently.
Political opponents had criticised Kejriwal for being in Punjab, and Jain for campaigning in Goa while Delhi was battling the diseases.
In response, Kejriwal tweeted, “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.”
Delhi minister Kapil Mishra said the Lt Governor first removed the health secretary despite repeated requests from Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and the health minister that he be allowed to stay. “The Lt Governor then appointed a health secretary who was,on record, responsible for delay on the Chinese Manjha issue and was infamous for delaying decisions.” He further claimed that the Lt Governor sanctioned 15 days leave for the new health secretary.
“The Lt Governor himself is missing. Where is he? What is he doing?” he asked.
Attacking the three BJP-run MCDs (Municipal Corporation of Delhi), Mishra said, “One simple question: when all funds have been released to the MCDs in advance, why was no preventive action taken?”
Party spokesman Ashutosh tweeted that though it is the responsibility of the MCD to prevent mosquito menace, Jain’s absence is being questioned.