Dengue issue juts into Modi rally

While Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday raised concern over the rise in dengue cases and accused the MCDs of under-reporting dengue deaths, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said the Delhi government is rattled by the Narendra Modi rally.

He said the Congress leaders are trying to scare people from attending the rally by saying there would be mosquitoes at the venue.

On one hand, Delhi Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely accused the “leadership of the three MCDs and their staff in organising a politcial rally”, on the other hand North Corporation Mayor Azad Singh held the Delhi government responsible for rise in dengue cases “as several drains of PWD were not desilted during the monsoon and Delhi Jal Board is unable to supply desired amount of potable water”.

Refuting the Delhi government’s statement that dengue is spreading in Delhi because of September 29 rally, Goel said, “They should stop spreading such canards. In fact, the Congress leaders are trying to scare people from attending the rally by saying there would be mosquitoes at the venue. Our cadre is doing absolutely fantastic job in maintaining sanitation and hygiene there.”

Earlier, the chief minister had said, “The MCDs are looking for excuses and under reporting dengue deaths.” The fact is that water is logged at several places because of in apt desilting, said Goel.

Meanwhile, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Azad Singh accused the Delhi government of politicising the issue. “Drains of PWD were not desilted in monsoon and DJB is unable to supply potable water to residents of unauthorised colonies. It has resulted in storage of water that leads to mosquito breeding and clogged drains,” said Singh. 

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