The AAP government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung are once again at loggerheads, this time over the outbreak of chikungunya in Delhi.
A day after Jung summoned Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to return to Delhi from Finland as the city is facing chikungunya outbreak, two AAP ministers “rushed” to the LG’s office on Saturday and questioned his absence. The ministers charged that the lieutenant governor summoned Sisodia when he himself was on leave.
However, the LG's office immediately rebutted the charge stating the ministers had arrived “without prior intimation”.
“Secretary to the LG met the ministers since the LG's office is operational on all days of the week. However, they neither submitted any letter, nor gave any representation to the LG,” it said in a statement.
“It is regrettable that at a time when Delhi is facing such a serious public health crisis, the elected government is choosing to politicise the issue instead of providing succour to the public.” it added.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra said Jung had “faxed” Sisodia late on Friday night.
The LG had asked Sisodia to cut short his education trip to Finland, to which Sisodia tweeted, “Studying Finland’s schools is not a sin while working day & night to fix the problems of our schools in Delhi.”