New Delhi: With Delhi reporting three chikungunya deaths, BJP today slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for “failing” to address the city’s public health challenge and demanded his immediate resignation.
Taking on the ruling AAP government in Delhi, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said while the capital was reeling under crisis on account of vector-borne diseases, the chief minister was busy shifting the blame on the Prime Minister and LT Governor over the deaths and was missing from Delhi.
The BJP leader accused Kejriwal of continuing to enjoy all benefits as chief minister while completely ignoring the people’s questions on the chikungunya, dengue and malaria crisis in the capital, accusing him and his Ministers of instead campaigning in the country and travelling abroad on public money.
“It is a very sorry state of affairs that Arvind Kejriwal who is the Chief Minister of Delhi refuses to answer pertinent question regarding the health of the capital of this country. Delhi is reeling under vector-borne diseases — chikungunya, dengue and malaria. Kejriwal government is missing in the city.
“If you do not have the capacity to even buy a piece of pen as you are suggesting, why don’t you resign. If you say that you have no role as the Chief Minister of Delhi, why the paraphernalia of a chief minister’s office, ministers and crores of rupees being spent on MLAs and Chief Minister. The issue is resign,” he said.
Patra said when some questions are being put in front of Kejriwal, he not only shuns these questions but he gives out a statement on Twitter saying that “don’t question me, question the Prime Minister”.
“You are not resigning, but you are not answering the question that though you are saying that you cannot spent 10 rupees but you have spent Rs one crore on samosas and tea.
“You are spending Rs 526 crore for your advertisements. Most of your Ministers are either on foreign destinations or destinations other than Delhi today. Whose money is it that they are spending? You have to answer these pertinent questions,” he said.
The BJP leader said he has been elected by the people of Delhi for governance and “you cannot run away, you cannot shun your duty”.
Kejriwal earlier tweeted, “CM and ministers left with no power now, even to buy a pen. LG and PM enjoy all powers with respect to delhi. LG abroad. Question them for Delhi.”
Two more chikungunya deaths were today reported at a city hospital, 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.
Accusing Kejriwal and his government of being “missing” from action in Delhi, Patra said while he is campaigning in Punjab after visiting Vatican, his deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is in Finland, Gopal Rai in Chhatisgarh and Health Minister Satyendra Jain is in Goa to campaign for AAP.
“On whose money you went to Vatican. On whose money your ministers are going to Finland or elsewhere in the world and country? Delhi public’s money is being used for your personal campaign,” he said.
He also told Kejriwal to mind his language when the media, Opposition and ordinary Delhi public asks questions to the AAP chief minister.
“Arvind Kejriwal has no control over his work or his language. It is but natural that you should not be frustrated, you should use proper language and you should democratically answer the questions rather than calling them dalals and agents.
“I want to pose a question to Kejriwal, if he is listening to me in Punjab. If you don’t want to answer any question, then why this paraphernalia. Kejriwal rather than behaving as a troll on Twitter should try to fulfil his role as a chief minister,” he said.
Patra alleged that the entire Chief Minister’s Office has shifted to Twitter and is seen functioning there only and not on the ground.
“A sincere advice to Kejriwal is, you should cease to function as a troll on Twitter. Please keep up the role of the Chief Minister. That is what the people of Delhi want,” he said, adding that he is pained at seeing that one who is into Vipasana uses such kind of language.
The BJP leader said that it is for the first time one has seen that a democratically-elected chief minister is refusing to be questioned for Delhi even when he enjoys all benefits using public money to campaign for himself and his party.
He also said that High Court has said whatever law he makes it should be routed through the LG as per the Constitution. “But you are making fun of it. Today when people are gripped with disease and people are losing lives, you are giving such a statement. This is a serious issue.”