Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Friday asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is in Finland on an official tour, to return to Delhi, said officials in the LG’s office. Jung asked the minister to return in view of the chikungunya and dengue outbreak in the capital, said Raj Niwas officials. However, Delhi government officials said the Deputy CM’s office had not received any communication from the LG’s office.
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. Opposition parties had earlier claimed that the minister was “holidaying” in Finland while the capital was facing a health crisis.
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. “Learning from across the world is not a sin. It’s a sin to defame an educational tour as a ‘holiday’. I’m in Finland. We need to learn a lot from their education system, the best in the world,” said the minister, who is also in charge of the education department.
Earlier in the day, Congress protested the alleged absence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia and other ministers from the national capital. Kejriwal is currently recuperating after undergoing throat surgery earlier this week.