Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal declares ‘war’ on mosquitoes

Last week, the BJP and AAP traded several political charges over Kejriwal’s “missing” ministers and BJP-run MCD’s “negligence” for the outbreak of the vector-borne diseases in the capital.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2016 2:46 am
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Back in Delhi after his surgery in Bangalore, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Sunday declared “war” against mosquitoes and urged the people of Delhi to unite in the fight against dengue and chikungunya, like they do during an India-Pakistan match.

Last week, the BJP and AAP traded several political charges over Kejriwal’s “missing” ministers and BJP-run MCD’s “negligence” for the outbreak of the vector-borne diseases in the capital.

“Over the last few days, there have been many cases of dengue and chikungunya. In every other home, people are suffering. They go through a lot of pain in their joints. There has been a lot of politics over this. What I feel is how is a mosquito going to know that some person is from Congress, he should not be bitten, or some other person is from BJP, he should be bitten? We have to get past this and come together to fight against this mosquito menace,” Kejriwal said in a video message released Sunday evening.

He added, “We said this was the MCD’s job, they did not do it. If they didn’t do it, they didn’t. We can do it now. The Delhi government, MCDs, Centre can all do it together. I appeal with folded hands to those from the BJP and the Congress. Just like how all of us Indians come together when there is an India-Pakistan match, we should come together to fight mosquitoes. I will speak with everyone in the next few days. May God bless those who support us and even those who don’t.”