The Delhi Congress slammed the AAP government and the BJP-led municipal corporations for their alleged lack of preparedness for the monsoon, which the party said was leading to mounting cases of vector-borne diseases, waterlogging, traffic snarls and road cave-ins.
The party’s chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee and shadow department member Abhishek Dutt alleged that the AAP had spent Rs 526 crore on “self-publicity”, but had not formulated an action plan for the monsoon. If the AAP had taken “prompt steps” and “spent even one-tenth of the amount earmarked for its publicity campaign” on this, then the situation wouldn’t be as dire, said Mukherjee.
“The total number of dengue cases till July 31, 2015 were 53. By the first week of August, 66 more cases were reported — a jump of over 125 per cent. In the past, the Congress government took effective steps to control dengue.
As a result, the following years witnessed dwindling number of dengue cases — 38 in 2011, 10 in 2012, 41 in 2013 and 23 in 2014 — as de-silting of drains were carried out by May-June. It also carried out fogging and an awareness campaign among people through advertisements, hoardings and media campaigns,” claimed Mukherjee, while adding that the AAP had failed to take similar measures.
Dutt, who is also the municipal councillor, added, “Since May 2015, the Congress has been regularly raising the issue of dengue epidemic preventions and precautions. But till today, no straight answer has been given either by the Centre or the AAP government.”