The Opposition has intensified its attack against the government for its “inability” to control the spread of dengue across the city and state, with the Left Front taking out a rally in Kolkata on Sunday to protest the issue.
“The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is doing nothing to prevent the dengue outbreak. Instead of controlling it, it is trying to suppress it. The civic body is not taking measures to initiate a cleanliness drive in slum areas of the city. It must take steps to clear waste from these areas. The state government is also not providing the actual number of deaths caused by dengue,” said state Students’ Federation of India (SFI) president Madhuja Sen Roy.
The BJP women’s wing had on Saturday trained it guns at the state government for its inability to combat the issue.
“Every day five to six people are dying due to dengue, and the state government is saying these are not caused by dengue. Even doctors are threatened not to acknowledge dengue deaths, and refer them as deaths caused by unknown disease. The state government must publish actual reports on dengue deaths,” state BJP women wing’s president Locket Chatterjee had said.
Three deaths due to dengue were reported on Friday, while at least two more people passed away due to the vector-borne disease on Saturday. Director of Health Services B R Satpathi had on Saturday said the official dengue death toll in the state was 38, and recent deaths are yet to be verified. Speaking to The Indian Express on Sunday, Satpathi said: “Today, I do not have the official update with me.”
Sources in the BJP said the state government’s “failure” to combat dengue will be a major poll plank in next year’s panchayat election. “Dengue menace has gripped the state, and people are dying every day. We want to expose the government’s failure to control the situation, and we will use it as our poll plank in next year’s panchayat election,” said a senior BJP leader.