Insight: Chikungunya turns killer but team Kejriwal missing
By NewsX Bureau
| Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 23:23
The figures are out and with it the damning evidence of apathy that has left some dead and thousands shivering with fever after dengue and Chikungunya began hunting unsuspecting Delhiwallahs.
What's most disturbing is that as Delhi grapples with one of its gravest health crises in recent times, there's virtually no one running the capital.The super boss of the city L-G Najeeb Jung, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia are all out of town.
In fact even the Delhi health minister who was busy campaigning in Goa over the last five days returned to Delhi only today. Not that his return willmake a difference.
He was in no mood to take questions or even explain why the AAP government had failed Delhi. In fact, he used the press conference to arrogantlydismiss the deaths as one of many, claiming that those that are afflicted are out of towners.
Burying his head firmly in the sand the AAP health minister even went on to blame the centre. His boss Kejriwal, who is getting treated in Bengaluru,went a step further asking reporters to quiz the Prime Minister about the epidemic in Delhi. Many are saying that team Kejriwal has abdicated itsresponsibility towards providing good governance.
The proposition isn't without some credence: it is no secret that the AAP leadership has been prioritising elections in Punjab and Goa over administering Delhi. Whenever questioned on the back of failures be it on the monsoon mayhem, the sex CD scandal and women's safety in general, the AAP has blamed the Prime Minister.
The question we're asking is that if the AAP government has no role in the running of the capital why does it hang onto power? Has it forgotten that health is a state subject? And given that it is, has the AAP gone too far in deflecting the onus?