Facing criticism for touring other states when Delhi is reeling under Chikungunya, chief minister Arvind Keriwal tried to skip responsibility by blaming Centre for snatching power from the Delhi government. Kejriwal sought to pass the buck, saying the Delhi government was “incapable of even buying a pen” as he and his Cabinet colleagues stand “fully stripped of powers.”
Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru, said Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be “questioned” over the issue as powers rested with them. “CM n min left wid no power now, even to buy a pen. LG n PM enjoy all powers wrt Del. LG abroad. Question them for Del, (sic)” Kejriwal tweeted.
At least four persons have died due to chikungunya in Delhi, but the entire Delhi Cabinet is virtually missing from action as ministers including Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain are out of station.
While the Chief Minister is scheduled to undergo a throat operation in Bengaluru today, his deputy Sisodia is in Finland to study its education system. Jain, who holds the Health portfolio, is touring poll-bound Goa, Rai is in Chhattisgarh and Hussain is on Haj pilgrimage.