New Delhi: BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir batted on the frontfoot on Friday to attack the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government. The east Delhi MP mocked the Delhi CM, saying he has blamed the Centre, testing facilities and neighbouring states for the spike in COVID-19 tally in the national capital, and his next point of attack is likely to be the Supreme Court itself.
“BEWARE DELHI! Ad campaigns have failed! Centre, Neighbouring States, Hospitals, Testing, Apps have been blamed! Next SC will be blamed. Step out only if needed because CM will not take responsibility!” he tweeted.
This tweet assumes significance, as the Supreme Court on Friday slammed the Delhi government on news reports showing deplorable condition of medical wards in Delhi, where dead bodies were not only in wards, but were also found in lobby and waiting areas. The apex court termed the situation in Delhi “horrendous, horrific and pathetic”. It slammed the Kejriwal government for its handling of dead bodies, terming it a “very sorry state of affairs”.
The bench noted that there is a problem with the way the pandemic was being fought in the national capital. “The number of tests conducted are low in Delhi compared to Chennai and Mumbai…Why are tests so less in Delhi?” the bench said. It added, “Nobody should be denied testing on technical reasons…simplify procedure so more and more can test for Covid.”
The Kejriwal government earlier punished certain private labs for testing “flouting” norms and even banned treatment for outsiders in Delhi hospitals that was later vetoed by L-G Anil Baijal.
Gambhir’s sharp political attack was in fact, quote tweeted on one of his own tweets dated May18, when he warned against opening up the national capital, at one go. “The decision to open up almost everything in one go can act as a DEATH WARRANT for Delhiites! I urge Delhi Govt to think again & again! One wrong move & everything will be over!!,” he had tweeted back then.