As Delhi fights a severe outbreak of chikungunya, besides Dengue and widespread viral fever, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raked up a controversy terming himself and his cabinet powerless and pointing the responsibility with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Prime Minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party-run Delhi government has come under criticism after the widespread vector-borne diseases this season and especially after the death of a chikungunya patient, the first in the capital.
Countering criticism on the micro-blogging site Twitter as he faced questions over the alarming health situation in Delhi, Kejriwal wrote, “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”.
Three persons have died of chikungunya so far and at least ten have succumbed due to Dengue.
The criticism has got even sharp with reports of Delhi’s Health minister leaving for Goa to campaign for his party. Kejriwal too is out campaigning in Punjab. Both the states will poll early next year and AAP is seeking to expand its footprints in these two states.
Delhi has been witnessing a tiff between Centre and the state government over the issue of power equation. Though, the Delhi High Court has settled the equation of power in its verdict clearly stating that LG is an administrative head of Delhi, the ruling AAP has now taken up the battle in the Supreme Court.
All this while, Kejriwal and his cabinet faced criticism of ignoring important civic issue concerning the residents of Delhi.
Early today, two more chikungunya deaths were reported in the city taking to three the number of fatalities due to the vector-borne disease in Delhi where the number of cases have mounted to over 1,000 this season.
65-year-old Ramendra Pandey yesterday died of chikungunya at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, in what could be the first such death in the national capital.
Pandey, who was referred from a Ghaziabad hospital, had succumbed to the disease at the hospital at 4 AM after suffering chikungunya with sepsis.
Chikungunya cases in the national capital have sharply risen to over 1,000 this season, marking a jump of nearly 90 per cent from its count last week. According to an official municipal report, at least 1,057 cases of this vector-borne disease have been recorded till September 10, however, hospitals in the city altogether are reporting much higher number.