Dengue and chikungunya deaths could be the undoing of BJP and AAP in Delhi's civic polls
- There have been more than 3,700 cases of chikungunya and 15 deaths so far this year
- The rising piles of uncollected trash have been blamed for the outbreak
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18:26 EST, 18 October 2016
18:26 EST, 18 October 2016
And the villainous mosquito could prove to be the undoing for both reigning kings – BJP in the civic bodies, and AAP at the state government.
With more than 3,700 cases of chikungunya and 15 deaths, and another 19 deaths from dengue, political parties are aware that there is an incredible amount of anger among Delhiites on the issue.
The Swaraj India attacked AAP ministers and MCD chiefs for going abroad when the city was reeling under an outbreak of air-bourne diseases
Swaraj India, the newly launched electoral front for Swaraj Abhiyan, has also declared its intention to contest the polls.
Its leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan have already started attacking the AAP over the mosquito menace.
Attacking Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his tweet that he cannot even buy a pen after the Delhi HC, Yadav said that at the same time, the CM ordered 600 fogging machines.
The number of people contracting chikungunya, a viral ailment transmitted by mosquitoes, has soared, with monsoon rains adding to the problem of mosquito swarms
“If a man cannot buy a pen, how can he buy 600 fogging machines? It’s a game where there is minimal attention to governance. It’s pure cynicism,” Yadav said.
Referring to the outbreak of vector-borne diseases in Delhi, Yadav also attacked the BJP and the central government.
“All the powers responsible for governance in the city have abdicated it. When the entire media was pointing out that Delhi’s ministers were abroad, the North Delhi mayor from BJP was abroad too,” Yadav said.
“The sheer lethargy of the BJP-led MCD is matched by the political cynicism of AAP,” he added. The BJP has dominated the 272-member civic body for nearly a decade now.
“If a man cannot buy a pen, how can he buy 600 fogging machines?” said Yogendra Yadav of Kejriwal’s plans to buy more machines to counteract the mosquitos
However, in the May 2016 by-election, it fell short of both the Congress and AAP.
While the Congress won four of the 13 seats up for grabs, AAP, making its civic poll debut, won five seats, which was disappointing for it as it was hopeful of replicating its Assembly election success and win all 13.
The BJP bagged only three seats. The current BJP-helmed MCD’s tenure is set to end in April-May 2017, following which elections will be held.
The Congress has launched a campaign to connect with voters in preparation of the polls, especially with a focus on 21 Assembly segments where sitting AAP legislators face the threat of disqualification over the office-of-profit issue.
The mountains of trash at dumping grounds in the Capital is only making matters worse
Mosquitos: responsible for many deaths
“The campaign process has begun with the appointment of sector in-charges in 12 of the 21 Assembly constituencies where AAP MLAs are likely to face disqualification. The campaign will cover all the 13,000 polling booths,” Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken told reporters.
In the first phase of the campaign titled ‘Meri Delhi-Mere Sapne’, feedback will be collected from voters through a questionnaire.
Their suggestions to improve civic conditions in the city will also be collected. AAP has also not fallen behind in the race.
It held protests this week against the mayors of the three MCDs on the issue of sanitation and vector-borne diseases.
Labour Minister Gopal Rai, who participated in the protests against EDMC and NDMC mayors, branded the civic bodies as acronyms for malaria, chikungunya and dengue.
AAP spokesperson Richa Pandey said: “Even the CAG has pulled up BJP-ruled MCDs for their failure… the MCDs have failed to control the spread of diseases in Delhi.”
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