After Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Friday asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is in Finland on an official tour, to return to Delhi in view of the breakout of chikungunya and dengue in the national capital, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra reached Jung’s office to meet him on Saturday. But they reportedly could not meet him as they did not have a prior appointment. The ministers later alleged that the LG does not work on weekends.
Opposition parties had earlier claimed that Sisodia was “holidaying” in Finland while the capital was facing a serious health crisis. Government officials also contacted Sisodia, who is currently in Finland’s capital Helsinki, to check whether he had received any communication from Raj Niwas, said sources.
“We were told that neither the Deputy Chief Minister nor the Indian Embassy in Helsinki had received any order or communication from the Lt Governor’s office, asking him to come back,” government sources told The Indian Express. “In any case, he was scheduled to return on Sunday, September 18,” said a government official.
In a series of tweets Friday, Sisodia defended his Finland tour, saying it was not a “sin” to study the schooling system of other countries to fix the problems in Delhi’s education system.
With the growing cases of chikungunya in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain Friday issued orders to the municipal corporations to notify chikungunya as a “dangerous/notifiable” disease under relevant provisions of the Municipal Corporations/Local Bodies Act and Rules.