As AAP MLAs placed the blame for the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya on the BJP-run municipal corporations of Delhi (MCD), Health Minister Satyendar Jain Tuesday said the BJP councillors in Delhi had “let down” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had initiated the Swachh Bharat mission.
According to MCD data, 20 cases of chikungunya and 311 cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi this year.
However, as reported by The Indian Express Tuesday, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where cases from other states are also examined, has recorded nearly twenty times that number in its lab alone.
“There are three mayors in Delhi and they are from the BJP. But they have let down their Prime Minister. The way they act is like saying you may be the Prime Minister but we are the ones with clout here,” Jain said in the legislative assembly. AAP MLAs claimed the civic bodies had failed to prevent the outbreak of viral diseases due to their “incompetence and lethargy”.
Jain said the corporations had two main jobs — safai aur jeb ki safai (cleaning and cleaning out pockets). “Day and night, they work hard towards cleaning out pockets. They think even if they don’t clean the streets of Delhi, they will win the next civic elections. At least for the six-seven months they have left, they should try and get some cleaning done in the city,” said Jain.
He said the Delhi government had disbursed the requisite funds to the corporations in two installments. Claiming that the MCDs had continued to “cry foul” over funds despite the disbursal, Jain said, “Bas paisa paisa karte hain (they only clamour for money).”
While AAP MLAs, including Nitin Tyagi, Jagdeep Singh and Bandana Kumari, alleged that MCDs do not clean and fumigate roads and residential areas, Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, whose sister-in-law recently succumbed to dengue, said i80 percent of the areas in his constituency are not cleaned by the MCDs.
“In posh areas like Defence Colony, there is no filth on the roads. Not like the residents there come out to clean the roads. Why are areas inhabited by the poor never cleaned,” he asked.
Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta and BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan had, however, walked out of the assembly before the discussion on MCDs began.