In order to “bring an end to the politics around the spread of dengue” in the capital, North Delhi mayor Ravinder Gupta decided to visit Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence Sunday morning.
On his call, five employees of the North Municipal Corporation also reached 6, Flagstaff Road in Civil Lines with handheld fogging machines “to fog the CM’s house”.
However, the mayor —who intended to invite Kejriwal to join his efforts and work together beyond party lines — was not allowed to enter his residence. A miffed Gupta argued that the MCD could not seek the CM’s cooperation even for a positive issue.
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“We wanted to take him along on our dengue prevention drive and show that we were working on Sundays as well. But he refused to meet us. What kind of an aam aadmi is he,” said the mayor.
When Kejriwal refused to let the mayor’s fogging machines enter his premises, the party moved next door and issued a legal notice to the owners after inspectors found larvae on a shared wall between the two houses.
“I’m 100 per cent sure that the CM’s residence has larvae, which is why he did not let the inspectors enter,” claimed Gupta.
He added that both he and Kejriwal were public servants, and while he was “magnanimous enough to go up to his residence,” the CM refused to step out to meet him.
“If this is the treatment meted out to an elected representative, I wonder what happens with the public. He could have at least allowed the foggers inside,” said Gupta.
The mayor launched a dengue prevention drive Sunday, aimed at restricting the number of dengue patients through preventive measures on a large scale.