Congress protests outside Kejriwal’s house on Dengue


Congress workers on Thursday protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence against what it said was Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s ‘inefficiency’ in handling the rising cases of dengue in Delhi.

But Delhi’s home minister, Satyendra Jain, rubbished the Congress claims.

He said, “Situation is being managed well. Obviously Congress wants something to do, so they’re politicizing.”

The alarming rise in Dengue cases and the deaths of 15 patients have become hugely political with parties entering blame game over the outbreak of disease.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi denied his party was playing politics on human misery.

“This is a protest of humanity in pain and distress. Don’t view it from the prism of politics. We demand immidiate action. The rift between the Aam Aadmi Party and BJP has weakened the Delhi (power) corridors,” Singhvi was quoted by news agency IANS.

Congress leader P.C. Chacko also said,”This (dengue cases) is an emergency situation. Nearly 2,000 people are affected. Both the Centre and the state government are not up to the mark. To draw attention to the government’s inaction, we are going to demonstrate before the chief minister’s residence.”

He added,”Government hospitals don’t have adequate beds or medicines or even test kits. The arrangements are grossly inadequate.”

Delhi has reported as many as 1,900 dengue cases in 2015. The hospitals in the capital are run by both the central and state governments. While the responsibility to ensure sanitation lies with the three municipal corporations, all run by the BJP.