Asserting that a mosquito doesn’t know the difference between Congress and BJP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged the opposition parties to stop doing politics over the spread of chikungunya, that has claimed several lives in the national capital, and unite in fight against the epidemic.
In a video message, a visibly feeble Kejriwal said he has ordered the procurement of as many fogging machines as needed. He said political sparring over the issue was trivial considering mosquitoes don’t bite “a Congress person and spare a BJP supporter”.
He appealed to Delhiites to make the initiative a success “like the odd-even scheme”. People should come together like they do during Indo-Pak cricket matches, he said.
“Mosquitoes don’t know who belongs to which party. Leaving politics behind, all should come together to fight the menace. We kept on saying MCD did not perform its duties. But since it has not, let’s do it together. Let the Delhi government, MCDs and the Centre work together,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.
“Soon after returning, I held a meeting with my Health and PWD minister and told him that if Delhi can tackle this like the way it successfully held odd-even. It surely can. I have ordered him to procure as many fogging machines as needed and to wage a war against mosquitoes for the next few months. We will try to undertake fogging and sprinkle medicines every two days in every locality,” he added.
Kerjiwal, who returned to Delhi from Bengaluru after having undergone a throat surgery for persistent cough, said in a video message that if the people of Delhi can make the odd-even policy a success then they can also win the battle against chikungunya.
The chief minsietr also expressed deep condolence to the slain jawans who lost thier lives in the terror attack in Jammu Kashmir’s Uri region on Sunday morning and said that he is hopeful that the Centre will take stern step to punish the perpetrators.
The AAP government in Delhi had come under severe criticism following the chikungunya outbreak as most of its ministers were out of the town at the time of crisis.